Review On Happy Days


Leigh Kennicott

Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


Fifteen years after World War 2, Beckett still focused on the futility of existence that war—and French philosophers— engendered.  “What’s it all for?” He seemed to ask. In HAPPY DAYS Winnie (Dianne Weist), the protagonist first buried up to her waist and then to her neck in desolate terrain, asks us to pnder the same question. Her existence seems inexorably tied to husband Willie (Mark Ridko) who rarely, if ever, acknowledges her. As Winnie’s cheery facade gradually falters, we begin to understand her as a metaphor for our own lives.  His existential view of life remains constant, though. In HAPPY DAYS Beckett found, maybe not THE answer, but AN answer.

Leigh Kennicott
Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.