How does Beckett communicate directly to the audience through the characters in Waiting for Godot?

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Only want to add a personal experience I had when I saw Godot in San Francisco during the 60's -- the definitive production that went to San Quentin Prison.  After the last lines,"Let's go, Didi.  Yes, let's go," the actors remained on stage for fully five minutes, and the audience sat silently, feeling along with the characters what "waiting" for something felt like.  It was, as herappleness states, a cathartic epiphany for every single audence member.

In every absurdist play, the audience is an intrinsic part of the plot because it is, by context, "within" the play with the characters. This tendency is one of the many unique qualities that pertain to the theater of the absurd. It is...

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