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Waiting For Godot

February 1, 2010 | Format: MP3

$3.49
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By tick tock on September 15, 2014
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It's hard to find a satisfactory copy of Beckett's Waiting for Godot these days. Patrick Stewart and Ian McCellan's London performance is unavailable to us, and Burgess Meredith and Zero Mostel's performance can only be had through online (though not entirely legal) means. This recording, however, is wonderful and conveys Beckett's words in a powerful performance by Bert Lahr, a voice you will quickly recognize as that of the lion from the Wizard of Oz.
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First off, my title is a bit of an untruth. The best way to experience this play - which is one of the masterworks of 20th Century drama - is to see it performed live. Unfortunately, most of us are going to have trouble finding a great production. I saw the play performed by a less than stellar troupe and it did not do much to transform my experience with the play. But I recently re-read the play while listening to this recording of the 1956 Broadway performance starring Bert Lahr as Estragon and E. G. Marshall as Vladimir. I previously had an intellectually understood the play, but not emotionally. But hearing this performance was transformative.

While I had already understood how funny the play could be, it was different hearing it read by talented actors. Lahr is, of course, best known for playing the Cowardly Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ, but he was not known for being a talented actor. But his Estragon is delightful, while Marshall, one of the most talented stage actors of his generation, is outstanding as Vladimir.

I cannot recommend strongly enough that anyone reading the book should do so while listening to this recording. Look, it costs almost nothing! But it will significantly enhance anyone's experience of the play.
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I knew I had to get this recording as soon as I saw Terry Teachout's review of it in the Wall Street Journal back in 2010. (Google it and see.) Since then I don't know how many times I've listened to it, sometimes two or three times in a row. It's like a great piece of chamber music, but with spoken voices instead of stringed instruments. I'm not exaggerating. The version I have is the $3.56 (now and at the time of Teachout's review) Hallmark version. I don't know if there's any difference between that and the $8.99 Master Classics version, which I haven't heard. All I can say is that it was the best $3.56 I've ever spent.
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This is an excellent recording. The technical aspects of the audio are excellent, and the acting is flawless. This mp3 is a rare find. I just saw this play last week at the Cort Theatre in NYC with Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup, and Shuler Hensley. It was totally wonderful. The whole theatre was on its feet in applause at the end of the play. I went just to see Sir Ian play Estragon, and I was thrilled to also get to see him as he was leaving the theatre. This recording is as masterful as the onstage production, but it is necessary to either read along or to have seen the play to really understand what is going on. But buy it regardless. It won't be available forever.
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