Two scruffy young drifters hang out on the Seattle waterfront, hoping for a handout and waiting for something in their lives to change. Just an average summer’s eve? No, actually, it’s a bare-bones yet inspired production of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist classic, “Waiting for Godot” as staged by the fresh-faced troupe of twenty-something actors, Arts on the Waterfront. (Shown here are Jay Myers and Spencer Hamp.)

What the performers lack in experience or polish, they nearly make up for in their keen understanding of the existential dilemma and absurdist humor of the play’s hapless pair, framed by an Elliott Bay setting that is spectacular on a clear day. Free, with donations accepted for the nonprofit organization Teen Feed. Plays 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Waterfront Park (

Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic