TOO MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

In Christopher Haines and Mike Traylor, Cirino has two actors capable of playing a version of Godot that might have celebrated the greatness of the play. Instead, Cirino has abused their talents with tiresome antics that often obscure the point.

Haines has a cheerful, mindless optimism that is absolutely endearing. Traylor is a sad sack of Buster Keaton dimensions that sourly, plaintively acts as his foil. Together, they play with the effortless dopey charm of an Abbott and Costello.

Molly Kellogg Cirino as Pozzo is very effective in her final scene, and Kent Kemmish is certainly pitiable as Lucky.

One of Peter Cirino's best bits of business involves three of the actors encircling the tree, restlessly exchanging hats. In this moment, the spirit of Samuel Beckett is truly captured. It's a shame there aren't more.

Marshall W. Mason has won six Obie Awards for directing work by playwrights Tennessee Williams, Lanford Wilson and Jules Feiffer. He is now associate professor of theatre at Arizona State University.

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