There is an astoundingly riveting production of Samuel Becket’s existential absurdist classic, Waiting for Godot running at The Cort Theatre on West 48th Street in New York City. That is, on the nights that an unbelievably tense and masterful production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land isn’t running in that same space.
Sean Mathias directs the same cast of four in the two plays which began previews on Broadway in October of last year. The run has been extended twice and will end on March 30th. In performances that have critics breaking out the most effusive and glowing adjectives in praise of craft and entertainment - Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are joined by Schuler Hensley and Billy Crudup. (Godot also features two young actors alternating the role of “Boy” - Colin Critchley and Adian Gemme).
Billy Crudup plays Foster, a cocksure aggravated type in No Man’s Land and Lucky - a servant with a depleted soul in Waiting for Godot.
Crudup’s previous Broadway credits include Arcadia, Bus Stop, The Three Sisters, The Elephant Man, The Pillowman, and The Coast of Utopia - for which he earned a Tony Award in 2007. His film credits include Almost Famous, Big Fish, Watchmen, Public Enemies, and Eat Pray Love.