The revolving productions, which officially opened Sunday at the Cort Theatre in New York, were performed at Berkeley Repertory Theatre earlier this year en route to Broadway. Though the "X-Men" actors are getting all of the publicity, the casts include supporting turns by Billy Crudup and Broadway veteran
Directed by Sean Mathias, the two productions have a strange Broadway schedule. "No Man's Land" plays Wednesday evenings through Saturday matinees, while "Waiting for Godot" runs from Saturday evenings through Wednesday matinees.
Both productions are scheduled to run through March 2. The latest "X-Men" movie, titled "X-Men: Days of Future Past," will be released May 23. McKellen can be seen before then in the
What did the critics think of the Pinter/Beckett production?
Ben Brantley of the
Linda Winer of Newsday wrote that "both actors, neither one immune to the lure of excess showmanship, are terrific -- stylish, disciplined, strikingly different."
Entertainment Weekly's Thom Geier noted that in both plays, "McKellen and Stewart deliver a master class in acting that seems to echo Beckett and Pinter's underlying theme: the struggle of men against the challenge and inevitability of death."