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Waiting for Godot

a Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Samuel Beckett

COMPANY : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
ID# 5351

SHOWING : September 27, 2018 - October 14, 2018

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Two sad sack drifters wait by a tree for a mysterious stranger named Godot, in this classic tragicomic absurdist play by Samuel Beckett. As our society continues to wait for solutions that may never arrive, we present this introspective piece with original cast members from our lauded previous productions, including 7 Stages founder Del Hamilton and the legendary Don Finney.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Heidi Howard
Lucky Matt Baum
Estragon Don Finney
Vladimir Del Hamilton
Pozzo Bart Hansard
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REVIEWS

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God, Oh God
by playgoer
Monday, October 1, 2018
5.0
A classic play. A classic production. A must-see.

‌In the most recent 7Stages production of "Waiting for Godot," as in 1992 and 2004, Del Hamilton plays Vladimir (sometimes called "Didi") and Don Finney plays Estragon (more frequently called "Gogo"). They are vagabonds waiting for the arrival of a man named "Godot." Vladimir remembers that they have been waiting this way for seemingly ages; Estragon’s memory seems to reset each day. Their interplay is that of two old pros who can mine all the comedy and pathos of the situation.

In this production, they are joined by Bart Hansard as Pozzo, an overbearing slave master, and Matt Baum as Lucky, his stooped and aged slave. They are both splendid. In act one, we see Pozzo abusing Lucky, instructing him to satisfy his every mindless whim, and Lucky eventually "thinking" out loud. In act two, Pozzo is blind and Lucky is mute. But in both acts a boy (Ezra Haslam or Pace Willis) arrives to tell Vladimir and Estragon that Godot is postponing his arrival for another day.

The visuals of the production are excellent. Faye Allen’s scenography consists of a mountain-studded horizon low on the upstage wall, accompanied by a skeletal tree up left and a squarish rock down right. Dirt and detritus cover the floor near the horizon. What provides visual interest is primarily the lighting design of Katherine Neslund, which suggests the coming dusk beautifully and includes a neat moon effect against the upstage screen. L. Nyrobi Moss’s costumes perfectly suit each character.

The entire production has been directed (or "dircted," according to the program) by Heidi S. Howard, assisted by Park Krausen and no doubt influenced by the 1992 direction by the celebrated Joe Chaikin and the 2004 direction by accomplished international director Walter Asmus. Wherever all the pieces of the production came from, they come together beautifully. This is a classic production of Samuel Beckett’s most famous work. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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