Figuring out symbolism isn't an easy exercise. Strangely, trying to determine what deep and dark meaning an author was going for decades--sometimes centuries--ago is the hobby of many English lit enthusiasts. Often, they find the underlying symbolic meaning they're searching for, but sometimes the story is just flat-out full of absurdity. Endgame, a classic masterwork blending vaudeville with dark humor, is both absurd and allegorical. The story features four characters in a decaying environment, struggling for power in the recesses of the world. Hamm, a tyrant, isn't able to walk, while his servant, Clov, isn't able to sit. Their parents have no legs and live in trashcans. As the play progresses, so do the relationships of these interesting characters. The play runs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 8. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 214-747-5515 or visit undermaintheatre.org.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8:15 p.m. Starts: April 21. Continues through May 8, 2010