April 19, 2009 in Letters

‘Godot’ worth the wait

The Spokesman-Review

The recent Interplayers production of “Waiting for Godot” was a great example of this local professional theater’s willingness to take risks that create treasures of experience for Spokane. The play is one of those works that a lot of people have heard of but few have seen.

You might remember something from high school: Existentialism … blah, blah, blah. In the hands of these talented actors, it is an absurdist comic masterpiece as well as a tragic look at the meaning of life. The 50-plus-year-old play remains relevant because it looks at very basic human issues. This is not just academic banter: Why are we here? How will we end? Now that we are happy, what shall we do next?

When Lucky, the serf and slave, is given the chance to think, the chaos is so great that his disturbing enlightenment must be stopped at all costs. This only works because the slapstick comedy is so artfully funny. We came to the play without preconceptions. We were rewarded with a technically excellent and common but profound treasure. Regardless, you could not leave without an opinion. That is the test of the true gift we have in Interplayers.

Steven Schneider


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