What Is the Story of Waiting For Godot?
Samuel Beckett’s classic tells the story of Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo), two wanderers who meet at a tree in the middle of nowhere to wait for the man who will change everything: Godot. Although they aren’t sure exactly when he is coming, Vladimir (and, to a lesser extent, Estragon) knows one thing for sure—Godot is coming. The duo is temporarily sidetracked when a pompous, wealthy traveler named Pozzo and his sniveling, elderly servant, Lucky, pass through. As the hours turn into days, Didi and Gogo become less sure of where they are, why they are waiting, how much time has passed and whether or not Godot is actually coming for them after all. Still, they wait, just in case.
These accomplished vets—two Brits, two legends, two knights—make a fine pair of performers, and it’s a joy to watch them work together, polished, sure, and at ease in their roles, playing off each other and clearly enjoying themselves.Review by Jesse Oxfeld from New York Observer
Under the classically oriented direction of Mathias, the two thespians play the parts they were meant to play.Review by Marilyn Stasio from Variety
What Is Waiting For Godot Like?
Stage and screen greats (and real-life buddies) Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen inject a big dose of humor into Beckett’s masterpiece, bouncing quips and physical bits off each other like an enthralling game of tennis. Sparse, crumbling set design by Stephen Brimson Lewis gives the celebrated drama a post-apocalyptic feel—who better to hang out with at the end of the world than the smart and silly Sir Ian and Sir Pat? Clocking in at two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission, waiting has never been more enjoyable.
Is Waiting For Godot Good For Kids?
Although the show does feature a cameo by a small boy, Godot isn’t an ideal choice for kids—the subtle humor and existential themes are likely to go right over their heads. Older teens, especially fans of Stewart and McKellen, are more likely to enjoy the production.