New York City
Nobel Prize Winner Samuel Beckett’s absurd, existential, and darkly funny play is noted as one of the most influential pieces of drama in the 20th century. Revolutionary in part due to its absence of a traditional plot, Waiting for Godot examines two days in the life of Vladimir and Estragon – a duo reminiscent of the classic American vaudeville teams of Abbot and Costello or Laurel and Hardy. While waiting for a promised visit from Mr. Godot (whose identity is more obscured than Keyser Söze), the two divert themselves with small talk about big thoughts: comic banter about religion, violence, and death. Vladimir attempts singing. Estragon eats a radish. Strangers visit and assist them in passing the time. (Time itself in Beckett’s world moves in an unreliable and unsettling pace.)
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