Was searching the web for insight into directing my own version of the play and had a nice chuckle reading this review. In order for "a death rattle to shudder through our bones," one has to feel "alienated" from the characters? The less empathy and the greater the distance between us and them, the more likely we are to feel affected at a deep level? A simple misunderstanding of not only why Beckett's plays have resonated for so long and helped illuminate the human condition, but also what theater of the absurd is all about. Sounds like a pretentious undergrad trying to score points with a seemingly profound intellectual quip that is comically illogical and off-base. Ho hum.