What Do Critics Think of Dianne Wiest in Happy Days?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of Dianne Wiest in Happy Days?
The Oscar winner stars alongside Jarlath Conroy in Samuel Beckett's two-hander at Theatre for a New Audience Off-Broadway.
Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest Gerry Goodstein

The Yale Repertory staging of Happy Days, which arrived in New York April 23, officially opened May 4 at Theatre for a New Audience. Oscar winner Dianne Wiest and Jarlath Conroy star in the Samuel Beckett play, directed by James Bundy.

In Happy Days, Wiest plays Winnie, buried up to her waist and sinking into the earth. The production marks a return to Beckett’s work for Wiest, who appeared in the U.S. premiere of Footfalls earlier in her career. The actor says that she waited 30 years to play Winnie, a character she describes as “the Hamlet for actresses.”

Performances are at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn through May 28.

Read what critics thought of the revival below:

The New York Times (Jesse Green)

Playbill will continue to update with reviews as they come in. Scroll through photos below:

The production features scenic design by Izmir Ickbal, costumes by Alexae Visel, lighting by Stephen Strawbridge, sound design by Kate Marvin, vocal coaching by Walton Wilson, movement coaching by Jessica Wolf, dramaturgy by Catherine Sheehy and Nahuel Telleria, casting by Tara Rubin Casting, and stage management by Kelly Montgomery.

For tickets and more information visit TFNA.org.


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