TRAMPS FOR ETERNITY
By Ben Brantley
Published: May 1, 2009
Vladimir’s clumsy musical stylings follow how ordinary life really plays out. His making it through his song, step by faltering step, is like anybody making it through a single day. And the next day, and the next day, and all the next days to come. If he isn’t some sort of hero, then none of us are.
Mr. Irwin, famous as an inventively original mime before wowing audiences with his Tony-winning turn in Mr. Page’s “Virginia Woolf,” takes a cerebral approach. He applies to his verbal comedy the same careful imbalance that he brings to his physical comedy. His Vladimir, the talkier of the tramps, is suspicious of every word he speaks. His sentences are a study in fragmentation, sometimes to brilliant effect.
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