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I didn't understand.30
Clov has a specific interpretation of Nell's text that is localized to Clov's situation,
but it doesn't dispel the sense that there is more. Something which defies
understanding is passed on along with what is understood.
obvious ambiguity of the word "thing" can be exploited here to refer to everything
from this very moment in the theatre with these two actors, to all of existence
throughout all time. The challenge in playing it became finding a way to open this
door as widely as possible without losing the specificity of the theatrical moment,
and Hamm's frustration with Clov's inability to understand the unspeakable.
the razor edge of meaning vs non-meaning, Beckett's humor began to emerge in an
entirely new light for me. Indeed the play itself began to seem like a massive prank
by Mr. Beckett. I began to see Beckett as being acutely aware of the audience's
experience in watching the play.
about the evening. These range from the expectation of ribald entertainment to the
expectation of intellectual stimulation/interest, and philosophical/poetic
fulfillment. Given the nature and impact of WAITING FOR GODOT, all of these
are reasonable expectations for Beckett's audience. What they are confronted with
however, is a rather steep hill to climb with a rather irritating, blind, chair-bound
man and an apparent half-wit slave. The most pleasant characters, who have been