Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wait No More To See "Waiting For Waiting For Godot" - Three Performances Remain


Wait! Do you mean to tell me that there are only three more chances to see the Hub Theatre production of "Waiting For Waiting For Godot"? Precisely! Tonight, Friday, and Saturday at Club Cafe. So, don't wait to get your tickets!

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Last week I saw "Waiting For Waiting For Godot." I have not laughed that long and that loud in a long while. It is brilliantly written, directed and acted. It is a pastiche of parody, physical comedy, an existential take on existentialism, an absurd commentary of Theater of the Absurd. It is a loving poke in the eye to the pretentiousness of some actors and acting methods. Playwright Dave Hanson has taken the iconic Theater of the Absurd "Waiting For Godot" by Samuel Beckett and used it as a platform to comment upon many things. It is a wonderfully clever piece that follows the shenanigans and preening of two understudies backstage waiting to possibly go on as Estragon and Vladimir. They are awaiting a visit from the Director, who, of course, never arrives. Director Paula Plum has Gabriel Graetz as Val and Robert Orzalli as Ester operating as two clowns whose comic timing and physical comedy are perfect. Lauren Elias is Laura, the Assistant Stage Manager who tries to ground them in reality and realism. Good luck!

Robert Orzalli as Ester
Gabriel Graetz as Val
"Waiting For Waiting For Godot"
Hub Theatre Company of Boston
Club Cafe
Through July 29

In one of the most amusing segments of this play, Ester convinces Val that he is not a very good actor, and could benefit from acting coaching from Ester himself. He describes and demonstrates his "Miserly Technique," a clear send-up of the popular Meisner Technique. For those who do not know the original Beckett play that has inspired this homage and parody, "Waiting For Waiting For Godot" will be entertaining. For those who are steeped in the original, this creative and outrageous send-up will be an absolute delight. Playwright Hanson will be  the house on Friday for a talkback following the performance. As is always the case with a Hub Theatre production, each performance is a "Pay What You Can" offering. I cannot think of a better way to spend an evening this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday than laughing at the hijinks of this talented troupe of clowns.

Set and Prop Design is by Megan Kinneen, Lighting by Mike Wonson, Costumes by Chelsea Keri, Sound by Kyle Lampe.

Enjoy!

Al

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