Waiting for Godot | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Waiting for Godot Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 23 2009

Jimmy McDermott's bleak, plain version of Samuel Beckett's best-known play feels like a trial run for a production of Beckett's Endgame, right down to the bricked-over window in the warehouse/bomb shelter set (also by McDermott). Beckett himself said that Hamm and Clov, the master/slave, father/child duo at the heart of Endgame, were Godot's Didi and Gogo "at the end of their lives." Bob Wilson's Gogo is choleric and suspicious, while Mike Nowak's optimism as Didi tends to elicit hollow laughs--especially when he says, "What's the good of losing heart now, that's what I say. We should have thought of it a million years ago, in the 90s." The two actors balance skillful physical slapstick with well-calibrated vocal inflections that subtly emphasize tiny differences between them, which is right to the point: in a blasted world, it's the little things that matter. --Kerry Reid

Price: $22-$30


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