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Like Beckett's tramps, we're all waiting for Godot

Steven Levingston sees similarities in our current predicament to that of the characters in the Dubliner's most famous play

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Grasping for hope: Barry McGovern and  Johhny Murphy as Vladimir and Estragon in the 2001 film Waiting for Godot

Grasping for hope: Barry McGovern and Johhny Murphy as Vladimir and Estragon in the 2001 film Waiting for Godot

Stage masterpiece: Samuel Beckett

Stage masterpiece: Samuel Beckett

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Grasping for hope: Barry McGovern and Johhny Murphy as Vladimir and Estragon in the 2001 film Waiting for Godot

En attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot) was first published in French in 1952. The first edition in English came out in 1954. The play premiered in Paris in 1953 and opened on Broadway in 1956.

We have no choice but to wait it out. From our houses, our apartments, our cars. It's unreal but real, absurd but actual. We don't know how long we have to wait, we don't know exactly what we're waiting for, we aren't sure what the end will look like when it comes, but we're confident we'll know when the waiting is over.

We - the entire human race - have become Vladimir and Estragon, the happy-sad/anxious-silly/hopeful-bleak duo of Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett's stage masterpiece.