by Josephine Cashman · August 15, 2015
Deciding to adapt Waiting for Godot takes a lot of guts, and writer/director Delaney Yeager, Co-director Lizzy Bryce, and Stage Manager Sarah Bishop take the wheel and drive the audience headlong into “the middle of f***ing nowhere;” the wasteland between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. There we find Valerie and Estella, waiting for Triple AAA to rescue them and fix their broken down car. Valerie (played by Victoria Ratermanis) and Estella (Liz Galalis) are best friends who couldn’t be more different.
Due to the car trouble, super high-strung valedictorian Valerie is going to miss giving her speech at their University graduation. Needless to say, she isn’t taking this well. Estella, daffy and sweetly strange, is more philosophical, even if she can’t get her high heels off. She may have fears about death, but she is more concerned about her friend starving. Back and forth the friends go, bickering about water, shoes, allergies to carrots, sounds of a train, and if the Secret actually works. It’s laugh out loud funny and both actresses have impeccable timing in their respective roles.
Regrettably, the first act runs out of gas; as funny as the actresses are, it could probably benefit from some judicious editing. Fortunately, the second act jump-starts to life as the conversation between Estella and Valerie deepens; it seems that Estella was not always as she is now, and it is a moving moment. Then the moment shatters as Polly staggers on stage in impossibly high heels. Brianna Harmon is a burst of fresh air as the vapid and vain Polly. In Polly’s bag is a bottle of Jack Daniels and other ridiculous items, some spicier than others.
If you’ve read Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, you will have a wonderful time seeing how Yeager has adapted the story. Even if you haven’t, you’ll laugh at the antics of three lively, strong women as they drive each other to the brink and back.