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  • And if entertainment is the issue, Beckett himself probably fails this test, perhaps, for many people, in Godot itself.


  • On a personal note, the name Godot carries a special personal meaning for Donna and me.

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  • I call it Godot for short … and it’ll be here any second, Vladimir!

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  • Lear’s limericks are a catalogue of thumpings, beatings, smashings, knockings-about, and shuttings-in-boxes, accompanied by plenty of screaming; Père Ubu, in Jarry’s Ubu Roi, slobberingly consigns his enemies to the Debraining Machine; Lucky in Waiting for Godot is hauled about on an Abu Ghraib – style leash.

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  • That is obviously not Beckett’s goal in Godot and that’s not Petrovich’s goal in Session, but in the case of Session, I was seriously lead astray by the back cover (which is why I usually do not read them and will now go back to my promise to never read them again).

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  • It is, therefore, stop-press news for anybody who loves great theater that the 1956 recording of " Godot " is available once again, not as a CD but as an MP3-only sound file that you can download from Amazon for $3.56, or from iTunes for $5.99.

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  • Speaking as a working drama critic, I must confess that listening to Mr. Lahr ' s " Godot " is a humbling experience, because it reminds you of how excruciatingly hard it is to describe in words what actors do onstage.

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  • Alas, " Godot " closed after just 10 weeks, and Mr. Lahr never appeared in it again.

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  • So there are, for " Godot " is a Laurel-and-Hardyesque farce about the meaninglessness of life.

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  • That said, the 1956 production of " Godot " was Mr. Lahr ' s show all the way, and to hear it now is to boggle at his seemingly infinite comic resourcefulness.

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