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Pale and clownlike in appearance, he has a bulbous purple nose and wears old black trousers, a dirty white shirt with a black vest, and oddly oversized dirty white boots. His gray hair is messy, and he needs a shave. It is his sixty-ninth birthday. Krapp fumbles in his pocket, withdraws an envelope, and takes out a small bunch of keys.
He goes to his desk where he unlocks a drawer and removes a recording tape. After peering at the tape he puts it back and unlocks the second drawer, taking out a banana. Krapp strokes the banana, peels it, and puts the end in his mouth, meanwhile staring into space.
Finally he eats the banana and drops the peeling. He takes out another banana, fondles it suggestively, peels it, tosses the peeling, and puts it in his mouth. Then he thinks of something. Krapp sticks the banana in his pocket and leaves the scene. A few moments later he returns with a ledger.
Scanning the ledger, for the first time Krapp speaks aloud. The one he is looking for is from his thirty-ninth birthday. This younger voice seems self-satisfied and expresses the smug belief that, at thirty-nine, he is at the height of his powers.
The voice of Krapp at thirty-nine goes on to talk about listening to a still earlier tape of himself from ten or twelve years before. Krapp in his twenties was living with someone named Bianca.
Krapp switches off the tape. Abruptly he walks out. This time three corks pop. When he returns he begins to sing drunkenly until he starts coughing.
He can no longer remember the meaning of this word he once used. He goes searching for a dictionary and brings it back to the table. This seems to amuse him. His younger voice tells of sitting outside by a canal while his mother is dying and of wishing it were over.
As he sits in the park along the canal, he is throwing a small black ball for a stray dog. The dog paws his hand and he lets it take the ball.
At this point Krapp hears himself at thirty-nine beginning to tell of some revelation or meaningful insight. Impatiently he switches off the tape, fast-forwards it, turns it on briefly, then switches it off and fast-forwards again. He does this three times until a particular passage catches his attention.
The voice speaks of an erotic past moment. Krapp listens, pauses, and rewinds the tape in order to hear it again. The voice describes his being with a woman in a small boat on a lake.Krapp’s Last Tape is a one-act, one-man play by Irish avant-garde writer Samuel Beckett.
It was first performed in It was first performed in Krapp is elderly and emotionally depressed. Krapp's Last Tape 4 / 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars.
4 stars Royal Court, London I have seen other Krapps who have cradled or clutched the tape .
A Separation of Selves in Krapp's Last Tape. The most noticeable feature of Samuel Beckett's plays, when regarded as a whole, is the almost complete lack of a story-line or a plot. The majority of his works, rather, describe an event or series of events from a removed, or even surreal reflective standpoint.
reel of tape, peers at it, puts it back, locks drawer, unlocks second drawer peers into it, feels about inside it, takes out a large banana, peers at it, locks drawer, puts keys back in his pocket.
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Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian T he man sat in the chair is slumped face down across the edge of the ornate desk, his head haloed in light.