Waiting For Godot (2009) BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
April 30, 2009
Closing:
July 12, 2009

Theater: Studio 54 / 254 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019

Synopsis: 

New York theatre’s finest comic actors take the stage in the Beckett classic. Starring Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane. Two tramps wait for an enigmatic figure in a world where time, place and memory are blurred and meaning is where you find it. The masterpiece of existentialism.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Waiting For Godot (2009)

    Tramps for Eternity

    Ben Brantley

    May 1, 2009: Half a century after he first appeared on Broadway, which is also how long it’s been since he last appeared on Broadway, the old tramp still can’t deliver a simple song. Heck, Vladimir can’t even get the tune right as he wanders through the graveyard ditty that begins the second act of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” which opened on Thursday night at Studio 54.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Waiting For Godot (2009)

    It's not easy handling the comic absurdity and terrifying despair that snake hand-in-hand throughout "Waiting for Godot," but the Roundabout Theatre Company's striking revival does justice to both.

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  • USA TODAY REVIEW OF Waiting For Godot (2009)

    In the new Roundabout Theatre Company production at Studio 54, Beckett's hobos Estragon and Vladimir — Gogo and Didi, as they call each other — are played by Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin, with John Goodman in a supporting role. But like the current revival of Eugene Ionesco's Exit the King, this Godot is noteworthy less for its cast members' marquee value than their ability to make the existential, universal questions posed by the text accessible to a mass audience.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Waiting For Godot (2009)

    Aside from its title, there's no more perfect summation of "Waiting for Godot" than Estragon's complaint "Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful." But there's no trace of that monotony in the perversely gripping non-drama and fine-grained emotional textures of this haunting revival. Samuel Beckett's 1953 play has been absent from Broadway for more than 50 years, and the current climate of pervasive anxiety makes the timing ideal for a comedy of existential despair -- even better when it comes wrapped in Anthony Page's transcendent production, showcasing four distinctive actors at the top of their game.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF Waiting For Godot (2009)

    People will probably debate the meaning of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" until the end of time, but the reaction of one audience member at the current Broadway revival might say it all. At one point late in the first act, he rose from his seat and stormed up the aisle, and was then heard banging on one of the rear doors of the theater while crying, "Let me out of here!"

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