Vivian Mercier – famous for describing Waiting for Godot as a play where “nothing happens, twice”
nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful!
Waiting for Godot contains clowning of the highest degree, which attracts audiences, and likely the play’s enigma contributes to its appeal. Its symbolism is obscure or non-existent; its “message” is individual to each audience member, and the “nothing happens” becomes our daily existence.
On a lonely country road near a tree, two elderly men, half-tramp-half-clown, amuse themselves with conversation that alternates between hope and despair as they wait for someone by the name of Godot who has, they believe, given them to understand that their patience at the rendezvous will be rewarded. Pozzo and Lucky, master and slave, enter and leave, and as the play ends, Vladimir and Estragon are still waiting.