Broadway Double Bill
New York’s most talked-about Broadway show this season is actually two shows in repertory – the absurdist double bill Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy Waiting for Godot – and so popular has it proved that it’s been extended for a second (and this time final) two months until curtain call on March 30.
The plays, running on a rotating schedule at the Cort Theatre, are directed by Sean Mathias and feature Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. Perhaps best known now for their big screen roles as X-Men archenemies Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto, the two leads first shared a theatre stage in 1977 before reuniting for the production of Godot in London’s West End in 2009, and again now for this limited run Broadway blockbuster – arguably their best. Tracing the two stories – in which existential crises abound and not much happens in terms of action – both actors (in their combined 4 characters) are riveting in their philosophical back and forth. With a supporting cast including Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley, set designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis, and but seven weeks left on the stage – No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot are surely the not-to-be-missed playbills for any Broadway buff this year.