Waiting for Godot | Berry Memorial United Methodist Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Jordan Arredondo and Christian Castro

Jordan Arredondo and Christian Castro

Christopher Acevedo

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 12 2017
Price: pay what you can
Samuel Beckett was notoriously averse to high-concept reinterpretations of his plays. No postnuclear Endgames or subway Waiting for Godots for him. This Tympanic Theatre Godot demonstrates the wisdom of that position. Director Aaron Mays has taken Beckett's cosmically weary mortals, Vladimir and Estragon, and reimagined them as "travelers of Latin American ancestry . . . stranded at the border." The upside is that Mays doesn't do much to follow through on his conceit. The downside: The little he does deflates and confuses the nearly three-hour show, stunting its resonances. Anachronisms such as a cell phone and a campaign sticker don't help. Meanwhile, his Vladimir (Christopher Acevedo) and Estragon (Felipe Carrasco), though game, never penetrate the suffering, comic hearts of their characters. They're too glib, too clean, too healthy, too young. Christian Castro is entertaining as wealthy Pozzo but lacks a necessary sense of threat. —Tony Adler



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