By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, for SouthFloridaReporter.com, Aug 30, 2015 – Sartre, Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche. Who among them knew that existentialism could be darn near hilarious? Who among them imagined a third-rate actor impersonating a feral gorilla performing snatches of Marlon Brando’s greatest hits between ferocious grunts?
Apparently, playwright Dave Hanson did, along with director Margaret M. Ledford and actors Scott Douglas Wilson, Mark Duncan and Vanessa Elise.
In Thinking Cap Theatre’s Waiting For Waiting For Godot, the absurdity of life is moved from the center stage spotlight of Samuel Beckett’s play in progress to the dingy dark wings where two understudies are waiting in vain to go on.
But these two sad sack actors bantering about the nature of acting, theater and life itself are mirroring precisely what is happening on the other side of the curtains where the “real” actors are holding forth. What can be more ephemeral at the mercy of mortality than live theatrical performance?