Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Waiting for Godot at Studio 54

A few weeks ago we got to see the Roundabout Theater Company's production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at Studio 54 (on West 54th Street).

This interpretation of one of the greatest (bizarre and complex) plays of the 20th century was superb. The cast lineup was stellar - Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman, and John Glover. The comedic and smooth interaction between Lane and Irwin was flawless and Glover as Lucky gave this play that extra something special. Goodman also gave a fierce performance, although he'll always probably be better suited in the kind of role he played in Roseanne. This is the kind of intricate play that can go seriously wrong if not produced or cast right. And this play in the hands of director Anthony Page was done just right.

The best seats in the house are obviously the lower stage level seats. We couldn't shell out the big bucks but we were happy with our bird's eye view of the stage. It was like climbing a mountain to get to our seats; everyone was commenting on how steep the stairs were. It was a full house with not one seat empty.

The worst part of our experience here - the crazy line to the restroom. Just waiting and waiting and waiting. It took up the entire intermission time to go to the restroom.