For our drama in context course, we had the opportunity to go see one of Samuel Beckett’s most famous plays, Waiting for Godot. Having read the play and having analyzed it during my senior year of high school, I had an idea of what to expect. However, never having seen a play before this opportunity, I was extremely excited to go to Gaiety Theatre. Walking up to the second level and seeing the closed red curtains, my excitement escalated even more.
A quote used to describe Waiting for Godot is “nothing happens…twice.” Personally, this quote is both extremely accurate and extremely inaccurate. If the audience takes the play only at face value and only looks for a set plot with a beginning, a middle, and an end, then the quote describes the play perfectly. It can be boring, tedious, and it is difficult to follow what is going on. However, if one takes what the characters say and do in an existential way or even a religious way (though Samuel Beckett said specifically that the play is not meant to be religious) there is so much more meaning within the play. For example, the face that the characters have no sense of time represents the illusion of time. Beckett wants the audience to continuously question life. At the ending, the characters are left waiting once again for Godot, a being neither Estragon nor Vladimir know anything about. The only indication of who or what Godot is is when the messenger boy tells them that Godot has a beard and is white.
Overall, the play has mixed reviews among my peers; personally, I enjoyed reminiscing about all of the discussions I had senior year about the meaning of the play as well as finally seeing the play live.