Waiting for Godot
John Goodman is acting in one of my favorite plays by Samuel Beckett that I’ve never actually seen, only read: “Waiting for Godot”.
In the article about the play in the nytimes.com, Goodman appears to be a chronically unhappy man with himself and his work, as well as his weight, which is nearing 300 lbs. The character he is playing is usually pictured as a thin, rail of a man very similar to the playwright himself.
Yet, the more I think about it, this play may be a turning point in Goodman’s life. He may be able to fail in the future with a fine sense of purpose.
Samuel Beckett writes about chronic failure repeatedly in his plays and his famous quote on the subject is this:
“No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
I think I’ll read this play again soon.
©Pat Coakley 2009
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