… for the ages …

Brooke Adams as Winnie in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days

Making the best of it … Brooke Adams as Winnie. Photo Joan Marcus.

Brooke Adams’ Winnie is as great a tour de force as I’ve ever seen in theater.  As she speaks, what’s everyday for most of us becomes, for this poetically, physically, allegorically limited woman, heroic.   Adams is “on” most of the play, it’s a near monolog, but Tony Shalhoub as Willie balances her greatness, reduced in old age to strain against his set of physical limitations to save her.  Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub in Happy Days are breathtaking.