"Beckett Directs Beckett," the title of the double bill at Ensemble Studio Theatre, is not completely accurate. Samuel Beckett directed Rick Cluchey in "Krapp's Last Tape," which forms the bulk of this touring production, but it was Cluchey who staged "Come and Go," Beckett's brief "dramaticule" that closes the program.
No matter. From the available evidence, including the news that Beckett will soon direct a film version of this "Krapp's" and two other Beckett productions by Cluchey's San Quentin Drama Workshop, Cluchey is plugged in to Beckett's intentions. Beckett probably would approve of Cluchey's version of "Come and Go."
In fact, because "Come and Go" is far less familiar than "Krapp's," it's the real revelation of the evening. Three women sit on a cramped bench, wearing broad-rimmed hats that cast their faces in shadow, holding their hands rigidly across their laps. They may be out of "Macbeth"; one of them asks, "When did we three last meet?"
But for these witches, the hurly-burly is already done. The toil, if not the trouble, is behind them. Each of them does exit the stage for a moment, slowly and formally, while the other two exchange a whispered secret about the one who has left. Then, when all three have returned and have nothing to say to each other, they join hands in a complicated, weaving pattern.