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Theater Pick: Samuel Beckett's Quad - LA Weekly

Samuel Beckett’s Quad is a play, and yet it’s not a play. First performed in a 1981 German TV broadcast directed by the Irish playwright himself, the work has no dialogue. Instead, four actors march diagonally within a square. Each actor wears a different color and is presented by the sounds of a different percussion instrument. Quad I is the main piece, whereas Quad II is a slowed-down, black-and-white adaptation of the original work. Both sections are all about the actors’ strange, anti-clockwise movements until the stage is filled with all four hooded actors and an accompanying combination of instruments. The rarely performed work is directed by Michael Hackett as part of the ongoing Eurydice Found festival.

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Thu., Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 25, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu.