Monday, June 22, 2009

Broadway Monday

Waiting for Godot
Two tramps wait for an enigmatic figure in a world where time, place, and memory are blurred and meaning is where you find it. The masterpiece of existentialism. Waiting for Godot follows two days in the loves of a pair of men as they wait expectantly and unsuccessfully for someone named Godot to arrive. Although they claim him as an acquaintance, in fact they hardly knew him and eventually admit they wouldn't recognize him if he were to come up to them on the street. The pair busy themselves by singing, playing games, dancing, laughing, arguing, and even weighing the option of committing suicide.
Waiting for Godot was written by Samuel Beckett, originally entitled, "En attendant Godot" it was translated to English from French and premiered January 5, 1953. It has graced stages across the world and never fails to garner interpretation and dissection from a psychological and political standpoint. It seems everyone has their own idea of what this play is really about. That is one of the reasons it is also one of the most famous plays in history and can be seen everywhere from regional theatre to the Broadway stage.
Waiting for Godot has currently been revived on Broadway at Studio 54 and stars Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman, and John Glover. This revival opened April 30, 2009 and will close July 12, 2009 with five performances weekly.

1 comment:

Revday said...

Ahh, Beckett. Here is where the Republican party could be right. Socialist plays meant to enlighten the masses. I can smell the revolution from here!