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the audience's very search for meaning in the play is ridiculed. Beckett is saying, in
effect, "I know you don't get this. And you're not going to either. Ha Ha." At the
same time, if the play is working, by this point Hamm and Clov actually do mean
something to us. Even if we cannot articulate what that meaning is, we are aware
that something is indeed happening.
delicate level. Hamm and Clov repeatedly speak of this situation ending. Here
again if we apply this in a non-metaphoric manner and make it apply to the
production itself we end up with almost continuous teasing of the audience. Clov
gets this ball rolling right away by opening the play with the word "Finished."
the pauses in the text with a great deal of potential. What if we could raise the
possibility in the pauses that the play has actually stopped. If we could raise the
possibility that it will not start again the pauses become much deeper and more
connected with the audience.
of the actual performance. It was clear that the play existed in a world that needed
an audience. This was not a abstract work hanging out there on ethereal plane of
avant garde art: It was a performance. ENDGAME is an interaction between a group
of performers and an audience.
the play was being performed in. We worked at referring to the actual performance
as much as we could and spend a lot of time trying to determine, moment to
moment, the nature of the character/actor's relationship to the audience in this
light. The text suggested that the awareness of this relationship increased in clarity
as the play progressed. Hamm makes references to such things as "...warming up