Which of Beckett's plays is just three minutes? Is it Come and Go?
Samuel Beckett's very short play (he calls it a "dramaticule"), Come and Go, totals between 121 and 127 words in length (depending upon the translation) and lasts only three minutes when performed. Written by Beckett in 1965, the play premiered in Berlin (in German) in January 1966. The play made its English-language debut in Dublin, Ireland in February 1966, and it's British opening at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 1968. The cast includes three longtime women friends--Flo, Vi and Ru--who share a bench and small talk in the darkness. They trade positions on the bench, with each taking the center at some point, and the play concludes with them holding hands as a sort of unbroken ring. It is believed that the play is based on Dublin's Morehampton House, a boarding school run by three spinsters where two of Beckett's cousins attended during World War I.
Yes, you are correct. Beckett's Come and Go has only 127 words, with a performance time of just three minutes. It is labeled a "dramaticule" on the cover. The title aptly describes what the characters do: They come onto the stage, whisper something to each other, and then go. One reviewer has commented that the play is so brief that in the time it takes the audience to wonder what is going on, "the curtain has already fallen." Another critic calls Come and Go one of Beckett's most perfect plays, noting that he "agonized over each individual line until they exactly matched his creative vision.