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Al DeLuise | Posted 11.02.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

At one point, after being asked for the umpteenth time if I was 'OK' I thought that at least if it looked like I was waiting for someone, I wouldn't appear so suicidal. That's when it hit me.

Interpreting Waiting for Godot

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 11.02.2014 | New York
Ioan Marc Jones

The interpretations of Waiting for Godot might be far distant from Beckett's intentions, yet such interpretations are nevertheless intriguing. Some of the most interesting works of interpretation arise by way of theories that seemingly deviate entirely from the artist's objective.

The Sad Clown (Robin Williams)

Chef Rossi | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Chef Rossi

I kept drifting back to the black velvet painting I'd been mesmerized by when I was a kid. My folks subjected us to a lot of super-cheap, tacky motels in the '70s; black velvet Elvis paintings were the norm for wall art.

Sir Patrick Stewart And Ian McKellen Wear Matching Bowler Hats, Achieve Next Level Preciousness

Posted 03.26.2014 | Celebrity

Adorable Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have uploaded the latest documentation of their best friendship. Collaborating in an attempt to break t...

Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen on Being Besties and Waiting for Godot

Aaron Sagers | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
Aaron Sagers

Within the theatre, they are master British thespians, knighted for their contributions to the craft. Within fan culture, they have geek god status -- one as a Starfleet captain, the other as a fierce wizard and friend to Hobbits, both as powerful mutant leaders.

On the Culture Front: Marina Abramovic, an Evening With Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman, Ibsen Reimagined and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 02.16.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

There's no one quite as original as Marina Abramovic, an artist who defies categorization and pushes the limits of what art can be and what the audience and performer can both endure.

Stage Door: Waiting For Godot, No Man's Land

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The current Broadway revival at the Cort Theater of Waiting For Godot is never less than riveting. That's thanks to the extraordinary chemistry between Ian McKellen as Estragon and Patrick Stewart as a determined, upbeat Vladimir/Didi.

Theater: McKellen! Stewart! Beckett! Pinter!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.16.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Whatever your reactions to any particular element (most everyone agrees Twelfth Night is the triumph for Rylance while opinion is divided on these two), it's safe to say these are "events" in the best sense of the word, nights of theater you want to see and judge for yourself.

McKellen and Stewart Wander Through Pinter's 'No Man's Land'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The pairing of No Man's Land with Godot is a stroke of genius, bringing the two masters of comedic and enigmatic incomprehension, Pinter and Beckett, to the stage in alternating performances that underscore the affinity between them.

Aisle View: 18 (Plays) in 16 (Days)

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In busy spells -- which in the Broadway arena typically include the two weeks before Thanksgiving and the month before the various award deadlines in the spring -- it is not uncommon for critics and award nominators to find themselves at five or six a week. Eighteen in 16, though, is overdoing it.

First Nighter: Terrence McNally's "And Away We Go" Love Letter to Actors

David Finkle | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Theater and opera crazo Terrence McNally loves writing about his passions, especially anything to do with their off-stage aspects. Given his list-as-...

John Goodman, Lord Ganesh, and the Hub of the Universe

Dean Sluyter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Dean Sluyter

Good news. I'm not crazy ... at least, not totally crazy. John Goodman cleared that up for me.

Aisle View: McKellen and Stewart Play Beckett and Pinter

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The authors mix bleak despair with comic patter, making the plays catnip for a certain caliber of star actor. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have joined together to offer the two plays.

Everyone's Favorite Existential Vaudevillians

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It is a testament to the genius of Samuel Beckett that after 60 years, Waiting for Godot can still astonish with its cutting-edge brilliance, even in a low-key staging like the one Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are now starring in at the Cort Theatre.

Gravity

Francis Levy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is a neo-realist epic masking as science fiction. Seeing it makes one think of Michelangelo Antonioni and the artist Giorgio...

First Nighter: Neat Tricks Pulled Off in Beckett's All That Fall, Nothing to Hide

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Samuel Beckett wanted his plays done exactly as he wrote them and as he particularized them in his stage directions. Don't think of adding even a second tree, for instance, to the Waiting for Godot set.

LOOK: When A World Famous Actor Was Mistaken For Beggar

Posted 12.09.2013 | Arts

Would you give this "beggar" money? A passerby in Melbourne, Australia, certainly did, offering an Aussie dollar to the bedraggled man crouching by...

Look Who Is Hanging Out At Stonewall...

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Really, are there closer friends in the world than Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan? The duo took a break from rehearsals for Broadway classics "No...

WATCH: Ian McKellen Sounds Off On Boycotting The Russian Olympics

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Ian McKellen made an appearance in New York today to promote his two Broadway plays, "No Man’s Land” and “Waiting for Godot,” and took some ti...

Waiting for Obamacare to Be Repealed, by Samuel Beckett

Robert Brenner | Posted 08.11.2013 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

A timeless, nameless wasteland somewhere in Washington, DC. Two House Republicans are sitting dejectedly on a bench.

VLADIMIR: What do you want to do?

ESTRAGON: I want to repeal Obamacare.

Sweating Out a Surrealist Nightmare

George Heymont | Posted 04.26.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Do your nightmares make you feel like you've entered The Twilight Zone? Do you feel trapped in a surrealistic cesspool? You are not alone.

Chekhov and Beckett Grace Los Angeles Stages

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.27.2012 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

In a memorable production of Chekhov's The Seagull, presented by the Antaeus Company, a marvelous ensemble of classical actors based in LA, director Andrew J. Traister captures the brilliance and realism of Chekhov's rendition of the plight of humanity.

What's So Secret About Samuel Beckett

Glyn Vincent | Posted 01.01.2012 | Books
Glyn Vincent

One of the oddities of Beckett scholarship is that while so much attention has been lavished on him, there remain puzzling gaps in the record and a prickly reserve about discussing certain aspects of Beckett's personal life.

Most Overrated Classic Books

Posted 09.18.2011 | Books

Ever read a classic and asked yourself, "What’s the big deal?" There are thousands of books the world considers classics, from Shakespeare to Saling...

Brazil Rebounds With Bossa Beat

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

In Brazil as in the US, culture plays a big role in how nations survive the slump. Known for beaches, beauties, rain forest and laid back music, Brazil's national motto is "Order and Progress."