Analysis Of The Play ' Waiting For Godot '

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The play "Waiting for Godot” performed at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts provides an impressive adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s original work. First off, the Irish theatrical troupe, Gare St Lazare, is one of the foremost specialist on Beckett’s work, which includes modern interpretations of his work in “Waiting for Godot. This production combines a strong does of slapstick comedy, which is typically found in the way Vladimir (Nathan Lane) and Estragon (Bill Irwin) are often seen physically interacting with each other when taking off boots, running about the circular stage, and other back-slapping styles of “Laurel and Hardy” methods of interaction. In comparison, Beckett’s play tends to reveal the absurdity of poverty of the two men, which is depicted in a more serious depiction of their wretched lives. For instance, in one scene Beckett’s Vladimir is more prone to somber bouts of violence in the original play: “Enter Vladimir, somber. He shoulders Lucky out of his way, kicks over the stool, comes and goes agitatedly” (36). In the Gare St Lazare production, the slapstick style of comedy is far less violent in terms of projecting a more comedic view of poverty in the dire circumstances portrayed by Lane’s portrayal of Vladimir. However, there are some elements of the absurd, which are dictated by the presentation of Beckett’s play in a smaller venue, such as the Skirball Theater at New York University. The “Irishness” of the play is typically found in the
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