"Waiting for Godon't"
The stage curtain goes up. The background resembles that of a 1960's Star Trek sound stage. On the left of the stage stands a dead tree resembling the imagery of a horror novel. On the right side of the stage is a man, sighting on a rock, desperately trying to remove his shoe. The set is something a person might expect to see in a high school play. However, the man on the rock is Nathan Lane and the set just so happens to be located on Broadway.
The play entitled "Waiting for Godot" is based off of the book written by the Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett. The graphic novel revolves around the existential question, "What is the meaning of life?" The rugid stage sets the allegorical tone for the rest of the play since the set does not change. Although the allegory revolves around the treachery of life, the dialogue leaves room for personal interpretations.
The plot revolves around two men waiting in wasteland for a character named Godot (in other words; God). The two men are wanderers named Estragon (Nathan Lane) and Vladimir (Bill Irwin). They are almost representative of two lost souls in a scenario paralleling a level of hell in Dante's Inferno. These two men quibble about non-sequitur existential questions. Every day in the play presents the exact same philosophical questions with no answers. About thirty minutes into the dialogue between the two men, a man named Pozzo (John Goodman) and his slave named Lucky (John Glover) enter the dialogue. Pozzo represents the aristocracy and Lucky represents the peasant class. Although Pozzo has control over Lucky, Lucky possesses far greater intelligence than Pozzo. Pozzo convinces Estragon and Vladimir that he is the only reason that Lucky is still alive. However, Lucky tells the two men in a long monologue of his independence.
In the second act, the two men see buds blooming on the seemingly barren tree. This could signify hope, yet Estragon and Vladimir toil upon the same questions. Pozzo goes blind and Lucky has to lead Pozzo around. Lucky is portrayed to be much more independent and self-reliant than was once thought. The end of the play is much like the beginning; somber and pessimistic. A child (the Son of Godot) tells the two men that Godot will come tomorrow. So the two men continue to depend on each other as they wait for Godot. The moral of the story is that we must depend on each other for life's great difficulties.
The cast features some all-star actors including Nathan Lane and John Goodman. Nathan Lane has acted in such movies as The Birdcage and The Lion King. His previous Broadway appearances include The Producers and The Odd Couple. "I think there is hopefulness in the human connection the men have, a dependency on each other. I think it's about their belief in what they have to do, and how they helped each other through it," Lane says. "However, there is comedy. The comedy resembles an Old Abbott and Costello routine." Lane, and his sidekick Bill Irwin (actor, playwright), have a very symbiotic relationship in the play. "I think I have never been so dependent on another actor," Lane says. "The relationship between the two men makes the play so appealing."
In my opinion, the play had very good acting. Goodman and Lane were absolutely superb in their respective roles. However, the play was not my cup of tea. I have seen plays like Wicked and The Lion King. Waiting for Godot is a drama with quite a bleak context comparatively. For those who enjoy a good drama, this play is right up your alley. For those who want to leave with a blue bird on their shoulder, see Mary Poppins. One of thing is for certain no matter who is acting, we will still be waiting for Godot.
"Waiting for Godon't"
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