The more witty the DIY aesthetic of Overturn Theatre’s interactive installation Waiting for Godot grew, the more charming the production became.
The venue Arts@Renaissance, a restored medical ward at the edge of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg border, has a history just creepy enough to be interesting without being frightening. The random foliage, trap doors and pop-up bartenders all added to the experience.
Overturn utilized the space well for their staging of Beckett’s masterpiece. The concrete courtyard surrounding the building was used as the stage. This made for a voyeuristic, interactive and surreal experience. Left standing inside, the audience watches through windows that look out onto the courtyard and the sounds outside are amplified by a PA system placed within the space. The costumes made of shredded hand-me-downs and faded flannel were a nice Brooklyn touch.
Bring a date, get there early to explore, grab a drink and enjoy the show.
Waiting for Godot is showing Wed-Sat at Arts@Renaissance (2 Kingsland Ave) until August 18th, 2012. Buy Tickets
Director: Kristy Dodson Actors: Casey Greig, James Fauvell, Joshua Levine, & Daniel Piper Kublick Interactive Installation: Cara Shih