The streets of Enniskillen, the Northern Ireland town hosting the Group of Eight summit, were quiet as Leo McGreal stood outside his barber shop, smoking a pipe and laughing about the fuss caused by the preparations.
If there’s an actor who can do shambolic pathos better than the great Michael Gambon , he hasn’t appeared on the theater scene yet. If there’s a play better suited to exploit this quality than Samuel Beckett ’s short monologue “Krapp’s Last Tape,” now at London’s Duchess Theatre , it hasn’t surfaced on the theatrical radar either.
On a Sunday morning in October, Simon Kelly sat in the breakfast room of Dublin’s Morrison Hotel, looking eager to chat. Simon, 38, and his father, Paddy Kelly, 66, were once among Ireland’s most audacious real estate developers. During the boom years, they borrowed about 700 million euros ($950 million) from Anglo Irish Bank Corp. to buy golf resorts and build hotels.
Godot isn’t likely to show up for the Republicans. Like the characters in Samuel Beckett’s play, the Republican establishment probably will wait in vain for a white knight -- Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Paul Ryan are the most oft-cited -- to rescue the party’s presidential prospects.