Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
Samuel Beckett was born in Ireland in 1906. His plays Waiting for Godot and Endgame revolutionized modern theater, and his trilogy Molloy, Mallone Dies, and The Unnamable ranks among the major works of twentieth century fiction. He died in Paris in 1989.
Beckett’s WAITING FOR GODOT has been called the quintessential play of the twentieth century. This 1997 Stratford Festival production, recorded before an audience in Toronto, benefits from good casting and wise direction. McCamus and Ouimette, as the attendant Vladimir and Estragon, have a rapport that’s evident from their first lines, and their rapid exchanges of dialogue are often very funny. Blendick brings a sonorous, Orson Welles-like voice to the frighteningly absurd character of Pozzo. The small ensemble adheres well, and it’s supported by convincing sound effects, music, and recording quality.
“One of the true masterpieces of the century.”—Clive Barnes, The New York Times
“One of the most noble and moving plays of our generation, a threnody of hope deceived and deferred but never extinguished; a play suffused with tenderness for the whole human perplexity; with phrases that come like a sharp stab of beauty and pain.”—The Times (London)
“Beckett is an incomparable spellbinder. He writes with rhetoric and music that . . . make a poet green with envy.”—Stephen Spender
“Reading Beckett for the first time is an experience like no other in modern literature.”—Paul Auster