This will sound cliché, but this re-invented and modernized version of Waiting for Godot kept me, well, waiting for a lot more. The production company, Huh. What’s That?, is presenting Waiting for Waiting for Godot at the Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Ave) as part of this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival lineup.
As one walks into the theatre, an actor is already sitting on stage with a bizarre and blank stare. At this moment, everything is mysterious and expectations rise. However, the intrigue is quickly over as we meet two stereotypical millennials/best friends/roommates glued to their phones as they wait in line for a production of Waiting for Godot (Yeah, Inception-style).
Now, I’ve heard a bit about the premise of the original text by Samuel Beckett. And I know that it is an absurdist play, but that is all I know about it. With that in mind, I am sure that some of the jokes and situations would be more understandable if I were better aquainted with the original play.
Representing stereotypical millennials, the two (not very likeable characters) had some good moments of light comedy through cultural references and over-the-top physical humour. Nevertheless, I thought some transitions, scenes and conversations felt pointless and not dynamic. The lack of consistency in the humour and style, made it difficult for me to engage with the play.
Perhaps the goal of this show was to keep the audience puzzled by an awkward ending, momentarily engaged by mentioning popular TV shows and laughing at similarities to Beckett’s play but it wasn’t my cup of tea. So, if your high school drama club put on a production of Waiting for Godot, chances are, you are going to enjoy this version. However, I think since I was more of a choir club student, my connection to this show was very limited.
- Waiting for Waiting for Godot will be playing at the Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Ave)
- Tickets are $12 at the door and in advance, and can be bought online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Honest Ed’s Alley, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
- Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that late comers are never admitted.
Content Warnings: Waiting for Waiting for Godot contains mature language.
- Wednesday June 29th, 06:30 pm
- Saturday July 2nd, 12:00 pm
- Monday July 4th, 06:45 pm
- Tuesday July 5th, 03:00 pm
- Thursday July 7th, 09:15 pm
- Friday July 8th, 02:15 pm
- Sunday July 10th, 04:00 pm
Photo Credit: Photo provided by company.