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The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter
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Oh, gee. As with Shaw & Beckett, Pinter's first work is not without its charm. The "uselessness and bleakness" angle so articulately employed in "Godot" is present here as well-- there is an aimlessness, a sense of character alienation on an individual basis-- perhaps actual just sound and fury signifying nil. All the characters seem to be pawns in that "Classical Narrative" sort of way--but they are obvious embodiments of other things-- FOR SURE. Pinter seems like the most surreal (hooray!) of the three amigos-- but I wonder how he holds up against titans like Albee or even Eugene O'Neill.

"The Room" is also eerie & disturbing. A splinter-like companion piece to "The Birthday Party," it is allegorical, undoubtedly unlike the own playwright's mighty insistence that it isn't.
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Greg Z I'll skip this one, I don't want another round of "Godot."


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