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.
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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."
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.