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have responded negatively to changes in the scheme of Beckett's
clear that one can take liberties... But only very carefully.
playgoer, but the time that he spent in theaters after the sensation of WAITING
FOR GODOT made a significant and practical impact on him. ENDGAME was
written not only on the foundation of a historically unique literary talent, but with
a very realistic understanding of what the theatre of the 20th century was. Beckett
knew what theatrical lighting and scenery could do. What he lost in not having a
background in the theatre he made up for with his sharp insight into the essential
reality of any situation. After GODOT, he also knew something about audience
understanding of the realities of performance. The literary merits of ENDGAME
notwithstanding, it is a production script.
many oblique relationships between the poem and ENDGAME but in most cases
they are buried so deeply into the world of the play that direct referencing is almost
impossible. It is however, important to note that Beckett knew his territory well in
constructing an image that is hellish to most.
being similar to Dante's Ante-Purgatory, purgatory's "waiting room" in Purgatorio.
Peter Campbell and I spent some time going over this material. Although it is