Well, I think I now know what all the fuss was about at last year's Hollywood Fringe and beyond - “Best Comedy,” “Encore Producer’s Award,” and TheTVolution.com’s “2017 Best of Los Angeles Theatre” list.
“Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino’s” is a surrealist's parody of the existentialist's dream, “Waiting For Godot,” by Samuel Becket.
Bono and the Edge are at home in their Malibu castle. Bono orders a pizza and unclear exactly what to expect, he has his servants lay candles the length of his driveway to welcome the driver and they wait. Bono waits to meet a common man, having many questions on how real people live. He’s apparently very out of touch, fame having isolated him from reality. The Edge waits for the food…he is hungry.
As in the original version, the two of them seem almost childlike. But these two familiar characters are removed from our world, in self-imposed elitism, while simplifying their daily lives and allowing them the creative room to be brilliant at their art. They have long since lost touch with what is truly real and they ache for it.
And so they wait, for Godomino’s pizza, for forgiveness, for enlightenment, with the occasional burst of music and the bending of U2 lyrics to their predicament. A neighbor stops by, uninvited of course, with his erstwhile assistant, and the plot really thickens.
If you enjoy dark humor, mindless verbosity and tragic comedy all with a bit of pop musical theology then this particular psychological play on the most significant English language play of the 20th century may be right up your proverbial alley. I found it to be a brilliant, playful, whimsically tragic comedy. In short, I loved it.
The performances are impeccable. Strange, aloof, twisted and intense. Just the thing for a sleepy Saturday afternoon in NoHo. Bravo Bono…
This is a short run, the best ones usually are, so don’t dawdle now…
Written & Directed by Richard Lucas
Starring: Jeff Blumberg, Curt Collier, Richard Lucas, and Bruno Oliver
Running from April 21 through May 26th, Saturdays at 4pm
The BrickHouse Theatre, 10950 Peach Grove, North Hollywood, 91601