Albany’s Confetti Stage kicks off New Year with “Waiting for Godot”

Waiting for Godot features Patrick White and Stephen Henel as Didi and Gogo.

Waiting for Godot features Patrick White and Stephen Henel as Didi and Gogo.

Waiting for Godot from Confetti Stage in Albany
Preview by Larry Murray

It’s been worth the wait, for ever since Confetti Stage, Inc. announced they were planning their own production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, we’ve been waiting too, for all the details. It’s one of our favorite plays, and besides, it’s been a decade since they began, staging their inaugural production, ‘night, Mother, by Marsha Norman in January 2005. Since then, the company has successfully brought to the stage over 40 productions, performing in several Capital Region communities.

The snarks say it’s a two-act play in which absolutely nothing happens.

Twice.

But that misses the point. Others say it is about waiting to die, “they’re actually waiting for God, can’t you see that in the title?”

Perhaps.

But what I love about the play is that it is – at its core – about what people do when they are waiting around for someone who never shows up when they should, yet they are not secure enough to just leave. So they wait, shoring up each other’s hope as time passes, filling the empty hours with nonsense. Beckett incorporates bits of Music Hall business throughout the two acts. What is wonderful about Waiting for Godot is that it depends on your own imagination to fill in the blanks. Nihilists love it, and say it is about the futility of life. Comedians love it, find it a goldmine of satire which holds the mirror of reality up to mankind.

Waiting...for Godot to open the New Year from Confetti Stage.

Waiting…for Godot to open the New Year from Confetti Stage.

With performances beginning February 27 and continuing to March 8 at The Albany Masonic Hall, 67 Corning Place in Albany, this by-now classic bit of perplexing and riveting theatre will be directed by Linda D. Shirey and includes Patrick White as Vladimir, Stephen Henel as Estragon, John Nickles as Pozzo, Kasey Kenyon as Lucky and David DiPaola as the Boy. The staging will be assistant directed by Kat Fronheiser.

Confetti Stage likes Jacques Audiberti’s plot synopsis, from ARTS #394 (1953). He describes the two act play as follows: “Two tramps wait for Godot on a road, in the company of a tree that is too delicate to be used for hanging oneself. Tired and hungry though they are, they talk continuously. Their sentences are broken. What are they doing? Waiting. For whom? Godot.”

Of course, Samuel Beckett’s timeless tale of hope in the face of hopelessness, tells the story of Vladimir and Estragon, two worn­ out tramps who await the coming of a nebulous benefactor named Godot. During this long interlude, time, space, and even memory become transient concepts; and the pair find themselves in an oppressive Void where their only company is an eccentric blowhard, his dangerously verbose slave, an unreliable messenger, and the indomitable need to hope.

The Performance Dates are February 27, 28, March 5, 6, 7, 2014 at 7:30pm and March 1 & 8, 2014 at 2pm. Tickets are General Admission and cost $15 for an individual; Flextix (4-show punch card) for $50. The company also offers $10 Student tickets with ID.

Tickets will be available at the door or may be reserved by calling the Confetti Stage Box Office at (518) 460-1167. Online tickets will be available shortly. www.confettistage.org

For those who like to get a peek behind the scenes, the company will host a special post-show talk-back on Sunday, March 1st with the cast and crew.

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