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Beckett veterans unite in US production of Waiting for Godot

L.A. Times reviews new production, starring Barry McGovern and Alan Mandell
Alan Mandell (left) and Barry McGovern (right). Photograph: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times
Margaret Gray reviews Michael Arabian's recent production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starring Barry McGovern, Alan Mandell, Hugo Armstrong and James Cromwell in the Los Angeles Times:
On the awesomeness scale, the pairing of Alan Mandell and Barry McGovern in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" is off the charts, a fantasy face-off in a league with George Washington versus Abe Lincoln or giant octopus versus giant squid — even though "Godot" is not the most action-packed of the existential classics.

Mandell and McGovern are two of the most experienced and widely admired interpreters of Beckett's work, and beginning Wednesday at the Mark Taper Forum, they will perform together for the first time.

So indelibly does Estragon and Vladimir's mysterious vigil under their lone tree sum up the human condition that "Godot" (1953) has permeated our cultural consciousness almost to the point of cliché. Without giving away any spoilers, let's just say that even people who have never seen or read it probably won't check the program to see who's playing Godot.

Yet major productions of this caliber — Michael Arabian directs; the cast also includes James Cromwell and Hugo Armstrong — are rare. [Read More]
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