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Rave Reviews: Sam & Jim in Hell

October 12, 2023

The Reviews are in for Lost Nation Theater ‘s premiere of “SAM & JIM IN HELL” by Vermont’s own Jeanne Beckwith – at its home in Montpelier City Hall.

They're RAVES!



-Charlie McMeekin The Herald


Jeanne Beckwith’s newest comic drama, SAM & JIM IN HELL!, onstage in at Lost Nation Theater –your resident professional theater, is winning rave reviews from audiences and critics!
You still have time to see it live too!
The show runs Thursdays- Sundays, Now through October 22, at LNT’s home within Montpelier City Hall Arts Center.

It’s thrilling to be back welcoming audiences after being displaced by the flood.
And it seems audiences and critics are thrilled that we're back with this show!


Sam & Jim in Hell sees Samuel Beckett and James Joyce unexpectedly together in, what they eventually agree is,
some kind of afterlife! They confront, cajole and criticize each other – and have to deal with the women they’ve wronged.

Venture with us into realms unknown with this serio-comic new play that has audiences laughing as well as contemplating what’s really important in life  – just as the protagonists in the play do!


In addition to calling the show a “gotta go” experience, reviewer Charlie McMeekin of the White River Valley Herald was fresh and witty” with “magnetic” and “masterful” performances.


Theatergoer Sarah Franklin wrote on Front Porch Forum: 

  • It is lively, literate, entertaining, engaging and heartfelt stuff, my friends. You don't have to be a scholar of James Joyce or Samuel Beckett; just relax and let superb actors unfold their tales for you.


    This production is a must see, offering excellence in all areas-- from its dazzling script through its masterful light & sound, to its apt costuming, gorgeous movement and imaginative direction by Lost Nation's own Kathleen Keenan.

On Facebook and Instagram these ringing endorsements were spotted:


  • Don't miss this! … full of humor and keen observations on the human condition.
    No English degree required!
    Wonderful acting, directing, and all production values.

    – Ruth Ann Pattee

  • A splendid time in hell was had by all.
    - Richard Gess 

  • So well performed and what a script! A Marvel!
    – Maggie Neale

  • Can't wait to go back! EXCELLENT!!! Everyone should go!!
    - Nikki Matheson

  • Splendid! Philosophical, lyrical, and snarky all in one -
    we laughed out loud…loudly!

    - Rhonda Wilcox

The role of Samuel Beckett “belongs to” LNT Founding Artistic Director Kim Bent. Opposite him is Jock MacDonald as James Joyce.  Beckett’s wife Suzanne is played by the amazing Abby Paige. Ruth Wallman is “The Colleen of the Gate” who delights in tormenting these two fiery literary giants under the guise of being helpful. Amanda MacDonald plays Joyce’s dancer daughter Lucia.


Kathleen Keenan directed her 3rd Jeanne Beckwith premiere. The design team includes LNT favorites Clay Coyle (scenic), David Orlando (lighting), Andrew Vachon (sound), and Cora DS Fauser (costumes). LNT's Brandy Perez served as Movement & Choreography Coach.


Lost Nation Theater: 2020 “Theater of the Decade” - Broadway World, “Best in New England”- Yankee Magazine, and named One of the Best Regional Theaters in America by NYC Drama League is Sponsored by Flood & Recovery Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, City of Montpelier, Vermont Mutual Insurance, Montpelier Strong Recovery Fund, National Life Group, Leahy Press, Eternity, Vermont Arts Council and The World.


Join Us!.  7:30pm Thursdays–Saturdays; 2:00pm Sundays Now through October 22, 2023. + Digital Viewing!

Masks are preferred & strongly recommended for in person attendance, but not required.
The Flood made LNT/City Hall’s elevator inoperable, requiring climbing stairs to attend in person.
The play will be available digitally to make the show accessible to those unable to physically join us. We appreciate your understanding during this emergency situation.


Tickets are $10 – $30 (depending on ticket-type. Guaranteed reserved seating available for additional fee.)

Available On-Line; by Phone (Tu-Fri, 11am-3pm) or In Person at the door as available. 
phone: 802-229-0492.   email:  


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