Review On Waiting for Waiting for Godot


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Writer, Registered Critic


Bruno Oliver and Joe Hernandez-Kolski play two hapless and frustrated understudies hoping for sudden injury or illness so they can finally go on as Estragon and Vladimir in Beckett’s game-changing classic. Understudying is by nature a bizarre trial for any actor, sitting in a musty, cluttered little space constantly staring at yourself in the makeup mirrors and wondering if you still remember the lines and blocking. With tongue firmly implanted in cheek, playwright Dave Hanson gets it, his hilarious little gem of a play perfectly capturing any artist’s age-old dilemma—and so do director Jacob Sidney and his exemplary pair of veteran physical comedians who collectively breathe life into a piece that could be a disaster in less talented hands. In a current end-of-the-year season bursting with exceptional productions in our often parched LA theatre season as the holidays approach, I hope this less dazzling or well-appointed but highly recommended little production doesn’t, like poor unappreciated Ester and Val, get lost in the shuffle—especially for anyone who has ever been dumb enough to decide to be an actor or has been around anyone who is.