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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>The Caretaker</em> Starring Jonathan Pryce Doesn't Take Humor or Tension Far Enough

The Caretaker Starring Jonathan Pryce Doesn't Take Humor or Tension Far Enough

There's something a little "off" about SHN's touring production of The Caretaker, by Harold Pinter and starring Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce. "Off" is usually a compliment for the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, who's known for dramatizing the menace and absurdity…
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Culture, Stage "The Oldest Profession" and "The Homecoming": Two Views of Women and Work

"The Oldest Profession" and "The Homecoming": Two Views of Women and Work

Prostitution may not be the oldest profession, but it's certainly the most basic form of employment. The plight of the worker is, at some level, always the plight of somebody getting dicked over for a little bit of dough. That,…
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40 Pounds in 12 Weeks: A Love Story. "Break out the tissues, I got Daddy issues," Pidge Meade tells us in her new one-woman show, premiering at the Marsh. Sometimes funny, sometimes observant, but mostly self-indulgent and clichéd, 40 Pounds…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pinter's Takes on Crime and Adultery

Pinter's Takes on Crime and Adultery

Neither The Dumbwaiter nor The Lover can be numbered among Harold Pinter’s major works. So it’s understandable that Off Broadway West has packaged these one-act plays together under a new name: Sex and Death: A Night with Harold Pinter. The…
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Culture, Stage "The Oldest Profession" and "The Homecoming": Two Views of Women and Work

"The Oldest Profession" and "The Homecoming": Two Views of Women and Work

Prostitution may not be the oldest profession, but it's certainly the most basic form of employment. The plight of the worker is, at some level, always the plight of somebody getting dicked over for a little bit of dough. That,…
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Culture, Encore

More Theater Reviews

40 Pounds in 12 Weeks: A Love Story. "Break out the tissues, I got Daddy issues," Pidge Meade tells us in her new one-woman show, premiering at the Marsh. Sometimes funny, sometimes observant, but mostly self-indulgent and clichéd, 40 Pounds…
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Culture, Encore

More Theater Reviews

40 Pounds in 12 Weeks: A Love Story. "Break out the tissues, I got Daddy issues," Pidge Meade tells us in her new one-woman show, premiering at the Marsh. Sometimes funny, sometimes observant, but mostly self-indulgent and clichéd, 40 Pounds…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Harold Pinter's <i>The Homecoming</i> at A.C.T. Uses the Power of the Unspoken

Harold Pinter's The Homecoming at A.C.T. Uses the Power of the Unspoken

Seeing a Harold Pinter play is like being taken to a dinner party where you know no one except the person who brought you. Then that person leaves when you're not looking, and a dispute ensues between the other guests…
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Calendar, Night&Day &#145;Nuff Said

‘Nuff Said

Seeing a Harold Pinter play is like being taken to a dinner party where you know no one except the person who brought you. Then that person leaves when you’re not looking, and a dispute ensues between the other guests…
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Culture, Stagecap

"Sex and Death: A Night with Harold Pinter": Theater Review

Neither The Dumbwaiter nor The Lover can be numbered among Harold Pinter's major works. So it's understandable that Off Broadway West has packaged these one-act plays together under a new name: Sex and Death: A Night with Harold Pinter. The…
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Culture, Stagecap

A View from the Bridge

A View from the Bridge is the most Greek of Arthur Miller's tragedies, featuring an intractable hero (Richard Harder) whose hubris lies in the delusion that his house is his castle — a delusion that leads only to jealousy, betrayal,…
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Also Playing

American Hwangap. Magic Theatre's artistic director, Loretta Greco, is very keen to compare American Hwangap and its Korean-American playwright, Lloyd Suh, to Sam Shepard and his plays of severe family dysfunction set on the edges of the American desert. It's…
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The Homecoming

In Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, we're confronted with the most unpleasant family reunion imaginable — and that's just the first act. The show concerns the long-absent Teddy (Yusef Lambert) who returns to the North London home of his youth, finding…
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This new play by C. Michele Kaplan is about people trying desperately to connect in a world where technology is evolving faster than the human intellect. At least that is the starting point. The script also examines bulimia, writer's block,…
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Culture, Stage Pinter Love

Pinter Love

"I hate Pinter." "I hate Pinter, too." These words don't sound like the most obvious way to kick off a series of one-act plays inspired by the work of Harold Pinter. The Nobel Prize-winning author (who turns 76 this week)…
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Best Thoughtful Theater

Last Planet Theatre 351 Turk (between Hyde and Leavenworth), 440-3505, www.lastplanettheatre.com Secreted away in a drafty dance hall at the bottom of an otherwise nondescript building, Last Planet is a sparkly thing in the heart of the Tenderloin District.…
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Culture, Stage Hindsight

Hindsight

Telling a story backward is a device that comes up infrequently enough to surprise critics. A whodunit called Memento hit big in movie theaters a few years ago, and everyone was very impressed that a writer could spin a murder…
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"The Pinter/Albee Duet"

Theatre Rhinoceros mounts a double feature of civil savagery from two modern masters of English dramaturgy. Edward Albee's The Zoo Story and Harold Pinter's The Collection are among both playwrights' early works, in which each hones his linguistic gifts and…
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Betrayal

Crafty English playwright Harold Pinter is having something of a renaissance in the U.S. these days, what with last summer's Pinter Festival at Lincoln Center and ACT's 2001 season opener of Celebration and The Room. In keeping with this trend,…
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Culture, Stage What a Little Moonlight Can't Do

What a Little Moonlight Can't Do

Last Planet Theater had just opened Harold Pinter's latest play, Moonlight, in a little space on top of Potrero Hill -- with the near-full moon looking especially clear -- when the playwright himself turned 70. To superstitious people this might…
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