A seminal work of twentieth-century drama, Waiting for Godot was Samuel Becketts first professionally produced play. It opened in Paris in 1953 at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone, and has since become a cornerstone of twentieth-century theater. The story line revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someoneor somethingnamed Godot.
Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree on a barren stretch of road, inhabiting a drama spun from their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as a somber summation of mankinds inexhaustible search for meaning. Becketts language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existentialism of post-World War II Europe.
His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time. A classic of modern theatre and perennial favorite of colleges and high schools. One of the most noble and moving plays of our generation .
. . suffused with tenderness for the whole human perplexity . .
. like a sharp stab of beauty and pain. The London Times.