As a spoof on playwright Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy, En attendant Godot, Bono and The Edge Waiting For Godomino’s currently at the Whitefire Theatre, is mind-bogglingly spot on. I mean, the writing is pretty perfect. So are the characterizations and everything else.
Beckett’s, Waiting for Godot (GOD-oh), where two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait for the appearance of someone named Godot who never arrives, and engage in a variety of discussions while waiting, has been carefully kept as elemental and stripped down to bare metaphors and tropes and music interludes of hit songs on guitar, by writer/director Richard Lucas who also stars as the lead figure, save the fact that we know exactly who the main characters are.
Instead of Vladimir and Estragon, who in the original have no descriptions at all except that one is a bit heavy and that they are hobos, we have universally renowned rock music icon Bono and lifelong U2 band mate, guitarist, The Edge.
And while in Beckett’s two-act play, the two men are anticipating the arrival of someone named Godot, Bono and The Edge likewise stay for a Domino’s Pizza Delivery guy who has yet to come.
Bono orders a pizza delivery to get back in touch with the Common Man, wracked with guilt over his own success and fear of having lost touch with his working class roots. But they’ve never actually had to order a pizza before. It’s always been provided for them everywhere they’ve toured. The action of making a phone call, to a mysterious pizza house, with a number they’re not sure is correct, for a pizza they’re not sure is even good, all the while dealing with hunger pangs they’ve never felt before, all becomes an existential test of patience and irrational rationalization about why waiting is the most satisfaction they can hope for. They speculate on the potential rewards of continuing to wait for the pizza. But can come to no definite conclusions as to why they actually should wait; or forgo the temptation of a turnip The Edge has hidden in his pocket; or why not just leave the house and find the delivery guy who must surely be on his way by now. These guys are hungry. Seriously, when are they going to eat?
With the arrival of Lucky and Domingo, things don’t actually get better. Nobody knows what Lucky is actually supposed to be doing or thinking or what Domingo is actually wanting.
It has come to be understood that the greater part of Godot’s success came down to the fact that it was open to a variety of readings and interpretations and that this was not necessarily a bad thing.
Bono and the Edge, Waiting For Godomino’s is no less intensely vague and specific. Hell if I know what any of this means…except I do…exactly…just not cerebrally…and more nonsensically…in a way that makes perfect sense.
Richard Luca as Bono
Curt Collier as The Edge
Bruno Oliver as Domingo
Jeff Blumberg as Luck
Costumes by Linda Muggeridge
Photo (above) by Scott Golden