The Wait is Over for A-town’s ‘Waiting for Godot’

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The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is staging Samuel Beckett’s absurd classic beginning this week. According to director Jessica Arnold, it’s a play that might make you question your very existence.

Pozzo (Esteban Alvarez) has a whimsical encounter with Vladimir (Adam Lishawa) and Estragon (Dean Carvalho) in a scene from Waiting for Godot. That’s Lucky (M. Reagle) face down on the ground. (Photo by Gainesville Downtown).

When playwright Samuel Beckett introduced his tragicomedy Waiting for Godot to audiences in Paris in 1953, it created an uproar in the literary world. The play was so different and intriguing to critics that they coined the phrase “Theater of the Absurd” to describe it and similar plays that followed.

Dean Carvalho (Estragon), left, and Adam Lishawa (Vladimir) reunite onstage in Waiting for Godot. (Photo by Gainesville Downtown)

The minimalist play features two eccentric characters, Vladimir and Estragon, who spend the entire performance under a withered tree on a remote path waiting for the arrival of someone named Godot. While patiently waiting for the play’s namesake to arrive, the two men engage in lively conversations about everything and nothing. They also encounter three other characters.

Beginning this week, the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre presents its own take on Waiting for Godot starring Adam Lishawa as Vladimir and Dean Carvalho as his long-time friend, Estragon. The play is directed by Jessica Arnold.

Performances begin tonight with a $5 preview at 8. Opening Night is Friday at 8. Tickets are $15 for the general public with discounts available for seniors, students with IDs, veterans and active military. The production continues through Feb. 5 with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 and on Sunday afternoons at 2.

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