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The Collection by Harold Pinter
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Jul 03, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: plays
Read from July 03 to 04, 2010

The Collection is a classic teasing short Harold Pinter play. There are only four characters, two pairs, and the stage shows their living rooms divided by a public area containing a public telephone box (remember them?).

The apparent truth is that one pair is a middle-class man and his working-class toy boy. The other couple is young heterosexual pair. But is that true? Supposedly, the wife and the toy boy met recently at an out of town dress collection. But did they?

Over the course of the play, the various combinations of characters talk, threaten, flirt and lie. In typical Pinter fashion, the woman is slightly isolated, the only one not to meet all the other characters, a fey creature manipulating the others with her fables. Or is she?

“There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.” – Harold Pinter quoting himself in his 2005 Nobel Lecture

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