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Oddly enough, I witnessed a reading of Harold Pinter's play "The dumb waiter" this summer, by two friends who were to  perform it in Brussels this autumn.

The role of Gus was held by a woman, which posed a problem for me, because it's written for a man, and our understanding of the text is shifted.

But as far as I can recall, the characters in Godot are not particularly gendered. So slavishly following Beckett's written indication is a fairly thin excuse.

Shakespeare's female roles were always played by men in his lifetime, following conventions of the time. But I don't think he would have objected on principle to them being played by women. Beckett, likewise.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Feb 16th, 2023 at 02:17:53 PM EST
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Maybe Beckett specified it was to be played by men because the meaning of the text is about men. Women would certainly have known how to employ their time better (as in multitasking, rather than waiting in vain).
by Tom2 on Thu Feb 16th, 2023 at 03:17:52 PM EST
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