Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Waiting for Godot Off-Broadway? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Waiting for Godot Off-Broadway?

The Theatre for a New Audience production stars Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks.

Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks

The reviews are rolling in for the Theatre for a New Audience production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godotwhich began performances November 4. The long-awaited production was originally slated for March 2020, and was postponed due to the shutdown of live theatre at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is running at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center through December 3.

Arin Arbus directs Beckett's renowned play, which follows Vladimir and Estragon, who are down on their luck but always keep their meetings with Godot, a figure who promises deliverance—but never shows up.

Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks star as Estragon and Vladimir, respectively. They are joined by Toussaint Francois Battiste as a Boy, Jeff Biehl as Lucky, and Ajay Naidu as Pozzo.

Read the reviews here.

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Financial Times (Max McGuinness)

New York Stage Review (Frank Scheck, David Finkle)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

The New York Times (Laura Collins-Hughes)*

The New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)

The Observer (David Cote)

TheaterMania (Pete Hempstead)

Vulture (Sara Holdren)*

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The production features scenic design by Riccardo Hernández, lighting design by Chris Akerlind, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, choreography by Byron Easley, movement consultation by Marcia Polas, creative consultation by Bill Irwin, voice direction by Andrew Wade, properties supervision by Jon Knust, fight direction by J. David Brimmer, dramaturgy by Jonathan Kalb, and production stage management by Shane Schnetzler.

For tickets and more information, visit here.

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