The two radio plays were commissioned by the BBC; All That Fall Âplumbs the same pessimistic depths [as Waiting for Godot] in what seems a no less despairing search for human dignityâ (London Times), and Embers is equally unforgettable theater, born of the ramblings of an old man and his wife. Finally, in the two pantomimes, Beckett takes drama to the point of pure abstraction with his portrayals of, in Act Without Words I, frustrated desired, and in Act Without Words I, corresponding motions of living juxtaposed in the slow despair of one man and the senselessly busy motion of another.
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