Last Friday night my husband and I had a date night! Cut short by a sick child, but a date night none the less! We had tickets to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company opening night performance of Waiting for Godot. It was our first experience at this theater and we were thrilled to go.
If you are not familiar with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, opening night is big deal. There are free appetizers and drinks before the performance. The lobby is packed with excited theater goers awaiting the first show. I was a little intimidated at first because my last show was a musical with my five year old, but all of the patrons were super friendly and actually greeted us with smiles and ‘Welcome to opening night!”
The theater is small and intimate. I don’t believe there is a bad seat in the house. The stage was very plain, as the play dictates, and just set with a little fog on an abandoned road and a lonely bare tree. If you aren’t familiar with Waiting for Godot, here’s a little more from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company kicks off 2015 with this vaudevillian production of the classic “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett. This production is directed by Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Producing Artistic Director, Brian Isaac Phillips and features Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Resident Ensemble members Bruce Cromer, Jim Hopkins, Nicholas Rose and Brent Vimtrup, joined by young actor Jack Johnson. The design is generously sponsored by Graydon Head.
“Waiting for Godot” is an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, in which two loveably hapless vagrants, Gogo and Didi, grapple with the mysteries of the universe, trading barbs and banter as they await the arrival of the eternally truant Godot. Godot’s absence, as well as numerous other aspects of the play, has led to many different interpretations and pop culture references since the play’s 1953 premiere and it was voted “the most significant English language play of the 20th century”.
The actors in the play took on the roles of Gogo and Didi with passion and power. If you are a fan of Samuel Beckett, this is a play not to be missed. Waiting for Godot plays thru February 7th on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm with an additional Saturday matinee on Feb. 7. Preview performances are on Wednesday Jan. 14 and Thursday Jan. 15 at 7:30pm and tickets are $21. The theater is located at 719 Race Street, downtown Cincinnati. Ticket prices range from $22-$32 on Thursdays and Sundays and from $26-$36 on Fridays and Saturdays. Check out more about Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at www.cincyshakes.com.
More About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages. Located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, CSC produces a dozen mainstage productions each season. The repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations and contemporary classics.
Next up at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is Little Women playing February 20th thru March 21st.
Disclaimer: I was provided tickets to this production in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.