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Waiting for Godot review

Yes, I was lucky enough to have seen Waiting for Godot on Broadway! My fabulous fiancé (God, I love him) bought tickets and we saw the 8PM showing on June 27. It was really everything I wanted it to be and more! Honestly, I’ve never read it in English – having studied it in my 20th Century French Literature class in the Spring semester – but it’s just as fascinating. I think I’m a little relieved that Beckett not only wrote it in French but wrote his own English translation, because I’ve always been somewhat of a snob when it comes to reading things in their original Spanish or French (the two languages I can read besides English).

Anyway one thing you simply can’t get from just the reading experience is how FUNNY the play is. Obviously it’s still funny, but in reading it I think futility and frailty play a much larger role, with the humour being somewhat of an underscore to the darker parts. But seeing it onstage, one actually feels like it’s all right to laugh because you’re in an audience. Also there are SO many lines that I read as being somber and really sort of pathetic but the way the director/actors interpreted them was comical. For example:

[Estragon] (soudain furieux) Reconnais! Qu’est-ce qu’il y a à reconnaître? J’ai tiré ma roulure de vie au milieu des sables! Et tu veux que j’y voie des nuances! (Regard circulaire.) Regarde-moi cette saloperie! Je n’en ai jamais bougé!
(Les editions de minuit 79.)

(suddenly furious). Recognize! What is there to recognize? All my lousy life I’ve crawled about in the mud! And you talk to me about scenery! (Looking wildly about him.) Look at this muckheap! I’ve never stirred from it!

This bit was definitely comical, but I had read it to be really upsetting and more sarcastic than silly.

I loved Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin as Estragon and Vladimir but I really felt that John Goodman was amazing. He was a perfect Pozzo. And Lucky’s monologue (John Glover) was really just a privilege to watch. The most impressive thing ever.

Really, go see it! It’s only running until July 12 and so many nights have just a few seats left. Click here to get tickets!

Waiting for Godot on Broadway

TOTALLY excited, I think my fiancé and I are going to try to see Waiting for Godot on Broadway. It runs until July 12 so there isn’t much time! It’s pretty much the most exciting four-man cast anyone could ever dream up: Nathan Lane (Estragon), Bill Irwin (Vladimir), John Goodman (Pozzo), and John Glover (Lucky). I don’t know who plays the boy but I am just dying to see Lucky’s monologue onstage!!!

Tickets are $36.50 to $121.50 and it’s at Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. Click here for tickets/information!

The Phantom of the Opera

To be fair, I’ve never seen Phantom onstage, only the most recent movie with Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler, but The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (free at Feedbooks) and it is scaaaaary. I suppose it can be since it’s a book, and there’s room for so many more details and a few other characters. I had never heard of the Persian before, and he plays a pretty central character in the book. No doubt the songs are VERY catchy, and Gerry Butler makes for a rather (half-) handsome Phantom, but the book can have more elements of mystery and fear and anxiety and lack of confidence and all that.

Barks and Purrs

I quickly read Barks and Purrs by Colette (free at Amazon), the fabulously scandalous French woman who wrote Gigi. I’m not sure what it’s called in French but it’s delightful! It’s a quick little play with Toby-Dog who is a pug and Kiki-the-Demure who is the supposedly superior cat. They banter about, but what’s interesting is they cite the literature and herbology and such a range of intellect and yet they wonder why “He” scratches at pieces of paper all day and why “She” digs up non-animal things out of the ground.

Quite cute, but a lot packed into it about the nature of humanity and knowledge and all sorts of ideas.