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Waiting for Godot: a tragicomedy in two acts (original 1952; edition 1988)

by Samuel Beckett

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Title:Waiting for Godot: a tragicomedy in two acts
Authors:Samuel Beckett
Info:London, Faber & Faber, 1988
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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (1952)

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My favourite bit is when Godot arrives unexpectedly through the French doors and catches Estragon with his trousers down. ( )
  Lord_Boris | Feb 21, 2017 |

Waiting for Godot in Antarctica

An audience gathers to preview a screening of a new version of this Samuel Beckett play. The directed striped his rendition down to bare existential black and white by filming in Antarctica and using penguins as actors. The problem of dialogue is solved by the technique of voice-over.

In the first act, two penguins stand on bleak, snow-covered ice. There’s a close up of one penguin. The voice-over says, “Nothing to be done.”

The camera slowly scans to the other penguin who waddles next to the first. His voice-over begins, “I’m beginning to come round to that opinion.”

The play continues in this manner. Occasionally, the two penguins rock back and forth in their stark, empty white world. When in the middle of the second act, a third penguin approaches, the two penguins waddle awkwardly to an icy hill and then toboggan on their stomachs down the hill and into the water.

After a soul-searching monologue, the third penguin also toboggans down the hill into the water. At the end of the play the two original penguins rock back and forth. One penguin says, “Well, shall we go swimming again?

The other penguin replies, “Yes, let’s go.”

But the penguins do not move.
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  GlennRussell | Feb 16, 2017 |
pretty entertaining way of saying nothing and everything all in one ( )
1 vote ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
pretty entertaining way of saying nothing and everything all in one ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
Confusing, hilarious and tragic.

Estragon and Vladimir wait for Godot. He never comes. Or he will tomorrow. They are told that every day, but they never leave. They plan to, constantly, but never actually do. There's a tree. I have not the slightest clue what this play's setting is supposed to be; there is only a tree. Estragon and Vladimir constantly forget what they are talking about. They talk to kill the time, get bored, want to leave, only to figure out, once more, that they are waiting for Godot. This goes on and on.

"Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful." It's true of the story, and it's how the two men feel about life. They repeat themselves, bounce between emotions helplessly, lose their trains of thought constantly, forget that they are sad, remember it again, ad infinitum. The play is funny, intensely bewildering, but mostly sad; Estragon and Vladimir live on even though they don't know why. They don't hang themselves from the only thing in their surroundings, a tree, due to some technical issue only. They are stuck in a limbo between not wanting to live and not wanting to die, and live on out of sheer habit, waiting, forever, for Godot.
  bartt95 | Jan 15, 2017 |
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Andrade, Fabio de SouzaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brée, GermaineEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duckworth, ColinEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eriksson, Göran O.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Estragon, sitting on a low mound, is trying to take off his boot. He pulls at it with both hands, panting. He gives up, exhausted, rests, tries again. As before. Enter Vladimir
ESTRAGON: (giving up again) Nothing to be done.
"Don't talk to me. Don't speak to me. Stay with me."
ESTRAGON: Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful!
ESTRAGON: We've lost our rights?
VLADIMIR: [Distinctly.] We got rid of them.
VLADIMIR: That passed the time.
ESTRAGON: It would have passed in any case.
VLADIMIR: Yes, but not so rapidly.
VLADIMIR: Abortion!
ESTRAGON: Morpion!
VLADIMIR: Sewer-rat!
ESTRAGON: [With finality.] Crritic!
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"Non c'è da meravigliarsi che, uscendo dal teatro, la gente si chieda cosa diavolo ha visto. In casi come questo si finisce sempre per attribuire all'autore un preciso disegno simbolico, e si rigira il testo pezzo per pezzo, battuta per battuta, cercando di ricostruire il puzzle. Si ha l'impressione che Beckett, a casa sua, stia ridendo malignamente alle nostre spalle, mentre con una semplice intervista alla televisione potrebbe chiarire ogni cosa. Diremmo subito che, a nostro parere, pretendere a tutti i costi questo "sesamo apriti" non ha senso. Stabilire se Godot è Dio, la Felicità, o altro, ha poca importanza; vedere se in Vladimiro ed Estragone la piccola borghesia che se ne lava le mani, mentre Pozzo, il capitalista, sfrutta bestialmente Lucky, il proletariato, è perfettamente legittimo, ma altrettanto legittima è la "chiave" cristiana, per cui tutto, dall'albero che si trova sulla scena, e che dovrebbe rappresentare la Croce, alla barba bianca di Godot, si può spiegare Vangelo alla mano".
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A seminal work of twentieth-century drama, Waiting for Godot was Samuel Beckett’s first professionally produced play. It opened in Paris in 1953 at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone, and has since become a cornerstone of twentieth-century theater.

The story line revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone—or something—named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree on a barren stretch of road, inhabiting a drama spun from their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as a somber summation of mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett’s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existentialism of post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.

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Two old tramps wait on a bare stretch of road near a tree for Godot.

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