Waiting for Pierrot | Vittum Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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"Shoot for the moon," goes the old saw. "Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Classically trained clowns Allison Latta and Noel Williams have taken that advice in creating their new show, billed as a feminist, commedia-style twist on Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. But where we end up doesn't feel like either the moon or the stars. Latta and Williams play two sets of characters loosely inspired by commedia stock roles: one set are crones (in masks artfully designed by Williams) and the other, a pair of love-struck young women. A few hilarious scenes offer a glimpse of what an "innately female" vision of Beckett could look like. Intergenerational exchanges, they play on the status imbalances that fuel both traditional commedia and Godot. But the rest of the show escapes earth orbit only to float in the insensibility of the vacuum. —Keith Griffith



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