How does one spoof theatre of the absurd? Writer, director and actor Richard Lucas (Bono) takes on that challenge with Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godominos. The play, a parody of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, premiered at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival and earned the coveted Best Comedy and Encore Producers awards.
Why Lucas chose Bono and The Edge, of famed Irish rock band U2, as his main characters, one can only surmise. Surely, unlike Didi and Gogo in Beckett’s play, their lives are not empty. (Or are they?) Instead of waiting for Godot, they are waiting for a pizza.
Bono’s real reason for ordering the pizza is to have a conversation with the delivery person, hoping to reconnect with The Common Man. The Edge, played by Curt Collier, is just plain hungry. It becomes apparent that, due to their stardom, both men have lost touch with reality, when one asks, “How much does a pizza cost?” and the other replies, “I don’t know, maybe $1,000.”
Two other characters, the overbearing neighbor, Domingo (Bruno Oliver) and his “personal assistant,” Lucky (Jeff Blumberg) burst onto the stage. Lucky, who is anything but, is clearly abused by Domingo, which upsets the celebrities enough to make them forget their focus on the pizza for awhile.
The parody captures the essence of the original, the absurdity of waiting for a pizza that, like Godot, never comes.
Presented by Write Act Repertory at the Brickhouse Theatre in the heart of the NoHo Arts District at 10950 Peach Grove St., “Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godominos” plays Saturdays at 4pm through May 26. Visit BrownPaperTickets.com or call (800) 838-3006 Ext. 1.