Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot was once voted the most significant English-language play of the 20th Century, and its title — referring to two guys who anticipate the arrival of a man who never shows up — has become pop-culture shorthand for endless delays and unmet expectations. It’s also inspired a new self-reflexive comedy, the cheekily named Waiting for Waiting for Godot, in which the exhausted wanderers of Beckett’s absurdia have been replaced by understudies in a production of Waiting for Godot, forever waiting in the purgatorial wings. Filled with meta references to theater, playwrights, and the workaday struggles of aspiring actors, WFWFG was an award-winning success at the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, where it earned five-star kudos from Time Out New York. This weekend, it christens Thinking Cap Theatre’s permanent new home, the Vanguard, a renovated church in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Visit the theater early enough to admire the interior’s remodeled flair, including the Sputnik chandeliers and the Warhol-style pop art in the lobby lounge.
Waiting for Waiting for Godot stars Scott Douglas Wilson, Mark Duncan, and Christina Groom, and it runs from Thursday through March 1 at the Vanguard, located at 1501 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Showtimes are Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for students and $30 for adults. Call 813-220-1546, or visit vanguardarts.org.
Fri., Feb. 20, 2015