30 Years of Curious Theatre
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

April 21–June 4, 2006

7:00 p.m. Friday/Saturday
3:00 p.m. Sunday
  • Location
  • Prop Thtr • 3502 N. Elston, Chicago

Synopsis

In celebration of 100 years of Beckett, Curious Theatre Branch in association with the Prop Thtr presents Waiting for Godot in a new production directed by Stefan Brün. Curious approaches this Godot with fresh eyes, treating it as a "new play" by using a second-level naiveté. In this way, we intend to achieve what the playwright intended rather than interpreting what Beckett may have meant.

Cast

Beau O'Reilly, Colm O'Reilly, H.B. Ward, Jeffrey Bivens, Josiah Ott, Draven Hutcheson

Directed by

Stefan Brün

Assistant Directors

Jayita Bhattacharya, Shannon Heffernan

Costume Designer

Jenny Magnus

Lighting Designer

Steven Monk

Photos

Waiting for Godot

Reviews

  • "Top 5 productions of 2006."—Newcity
  • "Entirely fresh."—Chicago Sun-Times
  • "The father-and-son O'Reillys and the rest of the razor-sharp cast demonstrate their reverence for Beckett in the best possible way: by creating a crisp, vibrantly contemporary vision of the play. The key, paradoxically, is a rigorous submission to the dictates of Beckett's text. Eschewing any attempts to render this world of broken, damaged images more easily digestible, Colm O'Reilly's Didi and Beau O'Reilly's Gogo present themselves as stoic and fiercely impassive as Beckett's beloved Buster Keaton. Fixing melancholy stares into the near distance, their faces offer sad landscapes, haunting the imagination like the set's single tree. Ward's Pozzo captures the character's brutal impotence, while Jeffrey Bivens as Lucky handles the infamous monologue masterfully. His three minutes of babble form a miniature tutorial on twentieth-century theater."—Time Out
  • "Curious Theatre Branch's straightforward yet rewarding staging of the existential classic achieves something truly remarkable: it makes you feel like you might be encountering Samuel Beckett's seminal drama for the very first time. "—Newcity