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Waiting for Godot (New Yiddish Rep)

From 3 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious, Smart, Confusing

About the show

New Yiddish Rep presents a new staging of Samuel Beckett's masterwork, performed entirely in Yiddish with English super-titles. More…

The dark and often humorous language of "Waiting for Godot" comments upon the absurdity of humanity, how we expect and hope, despite evidence to the contrary, that someone - God, a hero, a messiah - will arrive and resolve our existential questions.

Member Reviews (3)


Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious, Smart, Confusing

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a Yiddish interpretation of Waiting for Godot. Excellent acting and beautiful flow of the language.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy supertitles or Beckett’s plays. You need more action. I thought the translation was appropriate to the intent of the play.

During previews
Unflinching, Uneven, What a lovely moon!, Affecting, Smart

See it if you'd like to see a modern classic translated to an ethnic milieu that feels fully natural & discovers fresh depths to the play.

Don't see it if you are looking for light fare for the year-end holidays: though consistently funny, this play is deadly serious.

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January 7th, 2019
"New Yiddish Rep is staging a Yiddish translation of 'Godot,' performed with English supertitles by Eli Rosen. Language notwithstanding, this version of Beckett's tale of existential angst is accessible and mysterious, also equally funny and sad as all 'Godot''s should be. Despite the dire situat...
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January 6th, 2019
"Issues are as relevant today as they were when the play was first performed 66 years ago. Nonetheless, this version of 'Godot' is too long, especially for audience members who need to rely on supertitles to understand what’s happening. At a certain point tedium takes over and the play feels inte...
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January 20th, 2019
"Beckett's familiar, plotless depiction of Gogo and Didi's existence as displaced persons in the bleak wasteland of a possibly God-less universe takes on a new life…An aura of Jewish suffering…pervades the performance…Each performance is carefully molded, making moment to moment sense of Beckett'...
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January 8th, 2019
“A deeply moving production...Baker’s translation is pitch perfect, underscoring the sadness, off-kilter humor and mute horror of existence...The brutality, despair, even moments of hope, seem best expressed in Yiddish. It is not only an evocative, lilting language, but defined a culture once mar...
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