"Waiting for Godot" (The Chicago Mammals): Thought-provoking, Ritualistic Farce

"Waiting for Godot" (The Chicago Mammals):  Thought-provoking, Ritualistic Farce

The Chicago Mammals present WAITING FOR GODOT.  Gogo and Didi are waiting.  The two guys are passing time until the arrival of Godot.  Their hang out is a collection of chatter on religion, suicide and crotch rot.  They’re just wasting time until the big entrance of Godot.  They eat carrots.  They remove shoes.  They interact with Pozzo and his man horse Lucky.  They are looking for any aspect of entertainment to fill the day.  When Godot’s servant arrives to announce Godot isn’t coming, the waiting is over for that day and Act 1.  Lights up on Act 2, Gogo and Didi are waiting.  The two guys are passing time… WAITING FOR GODOT is a thought-provoking, ritualistic farce.

Playwright Samuel Beckett penned his two act absurdity in the 1940’s.  This classic has to be a hard one to actualize.   The actors must engage the audience by waiting around.  There is an underlying Seinfeld-ism in this show pretending to be about nothing but featuring profundity in the ordinary.  Under Director Bob Fisher’s tight reins, the cast pulls us into their waiting room.  Justin Warren (Gogo) and Sean Ewert (Didi) keep the mundane banter crisp and playful.  Their hats’ shtick is an amusing vaudevillian bit.  Continually, Warren’s desire to leave is uttered with a casual, ‘let’s go.’  Ewert replies, ‘We can’t go.  We’re waiting for Godot.’  It’s a well-timed *who’s on first* routine.  Ewert plays straight man to Warren’s antics.  Ewert has moments of sincere aggravation while Warren delivers his lines with organic cadence and a mischievous twinkle.  The funky, yet endearing, relationship between Warren and Ewert anchor the show.

‘The others’ have outfits that match their memorable personalities.  Gabe Garza, Vincent Lacey, Bert Matias, are dressed, wigged and made-up by Kate Jacobsen.  Their fashion screams the Spring 2013 Asylum Collection.  Garza is bright and boisterous.  Lacey is harnessed, dejected albino.  And Matias is just white-warted creepy.  They are straight out of the recurring visual nightmare that keeps you up at night.

 WAITING FOR GODOT isn’t for everyone. Beckett had a unique way of conveying the less is more concept.  He wrote a cerebral teaser about letting your mind wander during downtime.  And The Mammals have produced a solid production that is anything but boring.

Running Time:  Two hours and thirty minutes includes an intermission

At Zoo Studios, 4001 N. Ravenswood, Suite 205

Written by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Bob Fisher

February 1st, 2nd, 8th , 9th at 8pm

For information, visit www.chicagomammals.com

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