Beckett was quite open that Waiting for Godot was deliberately written in violation of the fictional conventions of the day. Thus, the play is absurd as a matter of course. Critics have read all manner of meaning into Godot's failure to appear, as well as the dramatic changes certain characters experience from the first act to the second.
Waiting for Godot in "We Haven't Got There Yet"Edit
Waiting for Godot was the second play performed by a time-displaced acting troupe at The Rose in 1606. William Shakespeare, having enjoyed the company's previous effort, entered the theater wondering who Godot was, and who was waiting for him.