In Lincoln Center Theater's production of the excellent new play Pass Over, director Danya Taymor employs a very cool directorial move: the actors are already on the stage when you enter the theater. This unsettling environment literally sets the stage for playwright Antoinette Nwandu's brilliantly modernized take on Waiting For Godot.

The actors are: Jon Michael Hill (who originated his role in this play at the world premiere earlier this year at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago) and Namir Smallwood, who was stunning in last year's Pipeline. Both shine in this provocative and gritty new play that, similarly to Soho Rep's Fairview, forces the audience to reckon with their own complicity of the state of the world. 

Photos: Jeremy Daniel

Rounding out the cast is the tremendously talented Gabriel Ebert, who definitely lives up to his status as a Tony Award winner (for Matilda) in a performance that is whimsical and terrifying at the same time. Also: special shoutout to Wilson Chin's very cool set and Sarafina Bush's perfect costume design. We see those real Jordans and Timberlands, Sarafina!

Pass Over is part of the LCT3 series, which puts up new work in the very cool upstairs Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center.

Runs through July 22.