Dave Gangler and James Rodriguez take on the roles of Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett's absurdist, existential masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. The production, held at the up-to-now abandoned Hollywood Theatre in northeast Minneapolis, ends Theatre Pro Rata's 10th season. In Beckett's play, Vladimir and Estragon while away their days waiting for the unseen Godot (spoiler alert: they're still waiting at the end of the play), while passing the endless days with talk, vaudevillian routines, and the occasional distraction from passing folk. After premiering in Paris in 1953, the play has gone on to divide audiences. At its first run in Miami, for example, cab drivers knew to arrive at intermission to carry away the folks who left after the first act. Many others have hailed it as a masterpiece, and the play has attracted numerous top-notch performers and directors over the decades. The Pro Rata production builds on the sense of ritual and performance in the play by presenting it at an old movie house, which has been closed since the late 1980s. Prior to that, the Hollywood screened films for more than five decades and was declared a historic landmark in 1990. Director Ryan Ripley finds the setting a perfect complement to the play's themes. For tickets, call 612.874.9321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Mon., July 11, 7:30 p.m. Starts: July 8. Continues through July 23, 2011