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McKellen/Stewart Waiting for Godot on Bway
Posted by willep 2013-01-24 15:29:54


Was just talking about this a few days ago and how lucky London was to get it. Had no idea they were going to do it in NYC...I'm really excited for this.

McKellen/Stewart Waiting for Godot on Bway
Posted by Vespertine1228 2013-01-24 15:32:14


Ugh. I'm sorry. They're fabulous fabulous actors, but Waiting for Godot was just done on Broadway 4 years ago. No play needs to be revived every 5 or 6 years. No matter how great it is.

McKellen/Stewart Waiting for Godot on Bway
Posted by Kelly2 2013-01-24 15:35:26


Maybe it's just that I had to write 20 pages on this play while in college, but god, I am so sick of it and even though I love Stewart and McKellen, probably would never sit through it again.

McKellen/Stewart Waiting for Godot on Bway
Posted by Jonwo 2013-01-24 15:37:43


It was done in London around the same time as the Nathan Lane/Bill Irwin Roundabout production but its a bit soon to revive although its a novel idea to do it in rep with No Mans Land.

McKellen/Stewart Waiting for Godot on Bway
Posted by willep 2013-01-24 15:38:05


I do agree that it is rather soon for a revival, but as someone who missed the last one, and has actually never had the chance to see it live, I am thrilled at the chance to see it with these actors.

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Posted by Tom1071 2013-01-24 15:42:39


I don't care who is in it, I couldn't think of a more tedious play to be revived twice in a decade.

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Posted by Overkill 2013-01-24 15:43:16


Not only that, but it's a different production, with two very different actors. Not to mention they're doing it in REP with No Man's Land... I think it's genius and can't wait to see such quality on Broadway! Whether or not you enjoy the shows, you know the performances will be amazing. SO excited!

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Posted by Ed_Mottershead 2013-01-24 15:44:42


Sorry. The opportunity to see two brilliant actors in two brilliant plays in repertory is a feast too rich for words. I don't care if they were done yesterday, they're both masterpieces and the actors are two of the greatest in the English-speaking theater.

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Posted by bwayphreak234 2013-01-24 15:45:43


I studied Waiting For Godot in depth last semester. I do not think I could ever sit through a production of it. I'm not into theatre of the absurd though.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-01-24 15:51:24


Awesome. Professor X and Magneto doing another project together.

McKellen/Stewart Waiting for Godot on Bway
Posted by Jay Lerner-Z 2013-01-24 15:52:48


The Gate Theatre's production also played in New York back in 2006, with the same cast as the Beckett On Film version - I wish I'd seen that, because to me that is the definitive production, but this upcoming version looks pretty good too.

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Posted by Play Esq. 2013-01-24 15:53:17


Wow...just WOWWWW people.

IT'S FREAKIN McKELLEN AND STEWART! I would watch them next week in the first Broadway revival of The Anarchist! I for one am very excited about this news - especially after this drab Fall we had, I'm finally looking forward to something on Broadway that's not from Steppenwolf. Don't care if I have to wait a year to see it.

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Posted by TotallyEffed 2013-01-24 15:55:13


Way too excited for this. Cannot wait.

McKellen/Stewart Waiting for Godot on Bway
Posted by bjh2114 2013-01-24 16:08:54


Ugh I hated the last production so much and I so wish they had done this production in New York instead. I am so conflicted. I am so excited to see these two acting gods on stage together, but I HATE this play with every fiber of my being and don't want to sit through it again. Oh well. At least No Man's Land should serve as a distraction.

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Posted by WiCkEDrOcKS 2013-01-24 16:28:19


^ This. I'll see it again for these two, but I am NOT a fan of this show.

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Posted by bobs3 2013-01-24 17:10:41


Estragon: I can't go on like this.
Vladimir: That's what you think.

Wow! Two of English language's best living actors starring in what most scholars and drama critics consider the greatest English language play of the 20th century.

Estragon: Nothing to be done.
Vladimir: I'm beginning to come round to that opinion.

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Posted by wonderfulwizard11 2013-01-24 17:13:53


SO excited for this, especially the Pinter piece. Don't get me wrong, Waiting for Godot is wonderful and I'd love to see it live, especially with these actors, but how often do we get such phenomenal actors in a revival of a Pinter play? I definitely hope I get to see this.

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Posted by PalJoey 2013-01-24 17:26:42


Am I the only one who finds Patrick Stewart pompous?

McKellen/Stewart Waiting for Godot on Bway
Posted by ghostlight2 2013-01-24 18:11:41


I'm pretty sure Patrick Stewart finds Patrick Stewart pompous from time to time.

In other words, no. I appreciate some of his work, but at times, hoo boy, can that man chew some scenery.

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Posted by BrunoF 2013-01-24 18:20:41


yes its beyond annoying can we have something different, its not hard

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Posted by Kad 2013-01-24 18:36:48


...you guys DON'T have to go see Waiting for Godot, you know. You can see the same two actors in No Man's Land, which hasn't been done on Broadway since '94.

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Posted by GlindatheGood22 2013-01-24 19:53:20


This is one of those shows that makes up the trifecta of shows I should know and know nothing about - this, Hamlet, and Our Town. I know Godot never shows. I have no interest beyond that.

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Posted by Kad 2013-01-24 19:56:36


Well perhaps you should take this opportunity to enlighten yourself.

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Posted by chewy5000 2013-01-24 20:12:30


Why not do Happy Days instead? That would be far more interesting.

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Posted by Kad 2013-01-24 20:27:06


...because of one the roles is a woman?

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Posted by Scarywarhol 2013-01-24 21:02:35


McKellen is fantastic in this play. I know that the Roundabout got raves...but I found it awfully shallow, seeing it after the Stewart/McKellen production in London.

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Posted by vegas2 2013-01-24 21:49:11


I, too, enjoyed the London production. I especially liked McKellen, but they were both fun, and Stewart wasn't pompous at all. I will try to see No Man's Land.

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Posted by Addison D. 2013-01-25 00:43:05


I have to own up to neither having seen nor read 'Waiting for Godot'. I'm looking forward to seeing what I hope will be two great performances.

As for Stewart, generally, I always feel as though there is such a sparkle in his eye that I never feel that he comes off as pompous.

Maybe I'm reading too much into a simple case of chronic hyper-secretion, but I love watching him act.

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Posted by ghostlight2 2013-01-25 01:18:24


I love this play. Always have. I've read there's a '61 tv version with Zero Mostel and Burgess Meredith, which sounds like odd but fascinating casting. I will most certainly see this version should it come here.

"As for Stewart, generally, I always feel as though there is such a sparkle in his eye that I never feel that he comes off as pompous."

That's more or less what I meant when I said sometimes even Patrick Stewart thinks he's pompous. He's usually ready to mock himself. I thought he was a brilliant Prospero in The Tempest at The Delacort.

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Posted by jaqs 2013-01-25 08:43:12


I had reservations before seeing it at the haymarket as its never been an interesting play for me but McKellen made it a masterclass and I found it utterly fascinating.

Ronald Pickup was also amazing.