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Three Plays: Ohio Impromptu, Catastrophe, What Where

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These three short plays--by the acknowledged master of condensed, 'less is more' language--formed a triple bill performed during the 1983-4 New York theater season to nearly universal critical acclaim. 'Ohio Impromptu...speaks poetically and with a stunning theatricality about a last love. Catastrophe...is a politically prescient black comedy about man's enslavement by the ...more
Paperback, 59 pages
Published March 1st 1984 by Grove/Atlantic (first published 1981)
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Naeem Nedaee
Jul 10, 2013 Naeem Nedaee rated it really liked it
Ohio Impromptu: Little is left to tell!
Catastrophe: I forget.
What Where: Is that all?

They were crazy... real crazy!
Alan
Nov 25, 2015 Alan rated it really liked it
I read Catastrophe out of this set so my review is purely on that.

This is probably my favourite Beckett so far. This was superb. Beckett wasn't a writer who talked politically often at all. This, however, took a very political stance against the concept of a totalitarian society through the director. The assistant is just as oppressed as the performer who stands motionless on stage for 99% of the play thus showing arts transgression from the medium of the artist.

The ending was just so very ver
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Ohio Impromptu, Catastrophe, and What Where are three brief meditations on what it means to struggle with existence, with meaning, and with the other. One's cognitive powers must be at their most expansively metaphorical to see clearly in the stark worlds that Beckett creates in this triptych of plays. A profound, transcendent pleasure.
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Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in France for most of his adult life. He wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour.

Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Strongly influenced
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