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Vartn af Godot
December 24, 2018 , 7:30 pm
The Yiddish language expresses dark humor and existential angst particularly well, which makes it a perfect vehicle for Samuel Beckett’s 1953 absurdist play “Waiting for Godot,”which was originally written in
French. So well-suited, in fact, that The New Yorker claims the play “may finally have found its mother tongue.”
This is the New Yiddish Rep’s second production of the play (the first was mounted in 2013); it’s translated by Shane Baker and directed by the 14th Street Y’s Ronit Muszkatblit. Reflecting on issues of the day, this version portrays Estragon and Vladimir as refugees looking for a safe haven. With David Mandelbaum as Estragon and Rafael Goldwaser as Vladimir.
*Special preview Monday, Dec. 24, and opening on Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. and running through Jan. 27.