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The Verdict Read Reviews for Bill Irwin's On Beckett at Irish Rep
The new show, written and performed by the Tony winner, is inspired by the writings of the celebrated playwright.
Bill Irwin in On Beckett at Irish Rep
Bill Irwin in On Beckett at Irish Rep Carol Rosegg

Irish Repertory Theater celebrated the official opening of Bill Irwin's On Beckett October 3. Conceived and performed by Tony winner Irwin, the play is inspired by the writings of celebrated playwright Samuel Beckett.

In On Beckett, Irwin draws on his experience as a clown and actor to explore a performer’s relationship to Beckett, referencing such well-known works as Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Texts for Nothing.

Performances of On Beckett began September 26 at Irish Rep. The show stars Irwin with a guest appearance by Finn O’Sullivan.

Read reviews for the Off-Broadway premiere below. Check back for updates.

New York Magazine / Vulture (Sara Holdren)

New York Stage Review (Elysa Gardner)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

Time Out New York (Helen Shaw)

Performances of On Beckett are scheduled through November 4. The show was originally developed at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco in consultation with Artistic Director Carey Perloff and produced at the Strand Theater in January 2017. The piece was also workshopped at the Vineyard Theatre and the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Tickets are available through Irish Rep’s box office at or (212) 727-2737.

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