Already closed | 2h 20m | Upper W Side

Waiting for Godot (White Light Festival)

From 30 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Funny, Masterful

About the show

Laugh, abide, despair, persevere: Ireland’s iconic Druid theater company presents Samuel Beckett’s irreverent masterpiece


Existential ennui meets startling slapstick comedy in this reimagining by Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes ("The Beauty Queen of Leenane") that offers a new take on our tragicomic plight.

2h 20m | Already closed | Gerald W Lynch Theater (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (30)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Funny, Masterful
Avg Score

Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if Hynes' stylish (& highly stylized) staging of 20th century classic accentuates comedic over stoic Impeccible performances from ensemble

Don't see it if Thankfully, due mostly to actors' craft the existential pathos of the melodrama is allowed to breathe amid all the physical highjinks

Uneven, Thought-provoking, Brilliantly written, Too much shtick, Handsome

See it if you would like to see a better-than-decent account of the play that revolutionized post-World War II drama on both sides of the Atlantic.

Don't see it if you have no tolerance for performances that milk every bit of dramatic business for every lingering guffaw that might be found.

Also I am glad I saw this production of a revolutionary theater classic of ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Indulgent, Intense

See it if fan of Beckett, to hear it in Beckett's Irish, encounter a new staging, feel the frustration & boredom of the characters, confront darkness

Don't see it if not a Beckett fan, expect a plot & conventional characters, want action more than talk, want realistic setting, no patience for the unusual

Great staging, Great acting, Masterful, Slow, Masterpiece

See it if you want the quintessential, standard-bearing Waiting for Godot experience—especially if you’re bringing a new initiate. It’s the real deal.

Don't see it if No movie stars in this one. Real deal.

Also I saw this production on an earlier leg of its tour, not in NYC. I wou... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Quirky

See it if want a new and and very funny take on an existential classic, wonderful Irish actors (a Druid production), slapstick humor

Don't see it if want a more natural relationship between Gogo & Didi, one less slapstick; don't like long plays (first act especially long)

Also I personally preferred the McKellen-Stewart version. I found that it w... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Funny

See it if Beckett's classic performed by wonderful Irish actors from the Druid Theatre Company . The actors exhibit great dexterity and humor.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Beckett's work. Even if you dislike this specific play, it is so well done and different from recent NYC productions.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if Master class.

Don't see it if No reason.

Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you want to see some engaging Irish actors do a fresh take on a play you probably won't understand even if it's your fourth or fifth time!

Don't see it if you hate this play or Beckett in general so much that you don't even want to give it another try.

Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense

See it if you love theater. It is a classic and a wonderfully insightful production with splendid acting. The first act is slow but come back

Don't see it if you have little tolerance for the frustration so central to the theater of the absurd and the existential sense of impotence in the world

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if How Beckett was meant to be done with specificity and stakes. The right balance between physical comedy and acting.

Don't see it if If you don’t like Beckett, I don’t think this will change your mind.

Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if A respectful, unsurprising version of Godot - which is no small accomplishment. Favorite performance: Aaron Monaghan, as Estragon.

Don't see it if Act I, the direction far too dull for me. Then Act II was delightful, thought-provoking, heart-breaking. Odd.

Great staging, Great acting, Slow

See it if You want to see a really all-around great production of Waiting for Godot.

Don't see it if You're looking to be entertained.

Also Look, I've read the play multiple times, studied it at length, and can... Read more Read less

Slow, Thought-provoking, Profound, Hilarious, Absorbing

See it if you like Absurdist plays. If you like plays that challenge you to find your own interpretation and meaning of the acts presented.

Don't see it if you aren’t fond of or haven’t in your life experience the theatre of the Absurd. It’s a challenging task to sit thru without an open mind

Also You must have an experience or at least an open mind to the world of t... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You like hearing the words repeated with intelligence. Like visiting an old friend.

Don't see it if you're expected some kind of revelation. There's no relationship between the characters. Form without content. "Clever" line readings only.

Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you are a fan of Beckett or of this play. A really good production, and I have seen a few.

Don't see it if you like straightforward, linear narrative.

Great writing, Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Great acting

See it if you haven't, you want to see good performances, you can take a dark show.

Don't see it if you don't want a humorous interpretation, you need plot, you are looking for a musical.

Intense, Slow, Disappointing

See it if like to watch slow drama plays

Don't see it if if you do not like slow plays

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You want some Beckett without the spoonful of medicine. Funny without trivializing the weighty issues

Don't see it if You like your Godot with celebrity actors. This is more in line with original intent than Sir Pat Stew & co’s comedy

Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You've never seen the play before, and want to know what all the fuss is about, or why it's required reading for so many college students.

Don't see it if You go to the theater more for plot, grand theatrics and/or fun than for profundity.

Also Along with about three dozen people, I fled at intermission. I am seei... Read more Read less

Funny, Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if A flawless production of this modern classic. Brilliant!

Don't see it if You don't like the exploration of the esoteric nature of the human condition.

Also Although this show has already come and gone. I had to score it becaus... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Slow, Profound, Masterful, Indulgent

See it if You're a fan of WfG and want to see a beautiful stylized setting of it with its original accent/diction

Don't see it if You don't like plays that make you examine your existence of if you need frequent action/plot movement

Also Like other reviewers have mentioned, Act I and Act II are vastly diffe... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You never understood the show before. The Druid acting group gets it and shows the audience how to get it too.

Don't see it if It's a must see. They're not waiting for Godot. They like each other's company. And we do too.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Profound

See it if You want to see how this classic script is supposed to be done, with its layers of comedy and pathos well served.

Don't see it if You "go to the theater to be entertained," meaning mindlessly unchallenged. That's why there's "Alladin."

Funny, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You're ok with simple sets with few characters and a thought provoking plotline.

Don't see it if You like fast paced stories.

Masterful, Great writing, Excruciating, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You are a huge theatre nerd and yearn for a thought-provoking experience.

Don't see it if You prefer not to have an intense journey of reflection and confusion in place of entertainment.

November 4th, 2018
"Watching Garry Hynes’s highly stylized and very funny staging of this classic of modern literature, I found myself transported to Saturday mornings with Looney Tunes from my childhood...What you may find yourself missing is the deeply touching familiarity of Gogo and Didi’s relationship...Still,...
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November 5th, 2018
"The production excels at finding the humor in the mundane; it pierces with a gracious, poignant truth of friendship. Haynes mines the piece for its quiet moments and visceral existential angst and vaudeville farce. She firmly redefines our notion of tragic daily rituals while finding the necessa...
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November 7th, 2018
“Hynes' production has an artfully cartooned quality all its own...The actors seem to leap from one comic conceit to another with such skill that some of the play's darker, deeper notes are obscured. But, in the later passages, a genuine and profound sense of loss emerges...For all its comic inve...
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November 4th, 2018
"What I hadn’t been prepared for was her eye-popping casting of tall, pencil-thin Marty Rea as Vladimir and of shorter, inevitably wider Aaron Monaghan as Estragon...Both Rea and Monaghan are first-rate physical actors...Monaghan and Rea, with Hynes, have discovered funny ways not to be able to m...
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