Theater of the Absurd



In the introduction to the first edition of Understanding Media McLuhan writes:

The Theater of the Absurd dramatizes this recent dilemma of Western man, the man of action who appears not to be involved in the action. Such is the origin and appeal of Samuel Beckett’s clowns.

I had never heard of the Theater of the Absurd, but Wikipedia helped out. Samuel Beckett’s clowns refer to Pozzo and Lucky in Waiting for Godot.

The people in the Netherlands are in luck: the Stadsschouwburg is organizing a week on Beckett in middle April. There will be two performances of Waiting for Godot by Toneelgroep Oostpol. I will go to the performance on April 18th. Let me know if you’ll be there too, so we can meet up.