This is Harold Pinter at his best — almost-perfectly rendered little vignettes of absurdity and menace that are short and funny enough that you don’t get too depressed.
Three Vancouver-based actors cover several mini one-acts by the British postwar playwright, including the tale of an exasperated taxi dispatcher who can’t cope with a dopey driver and a two-hander about some old biddies nursing their soup, talking about nothing.
The British cast — Simon Webb, Kevin Williamson and Anthony Ingram — deliver deft and detailed performances that bring Pinter’s naturalistic dialogue to life. The staging is spartan and smart, emphasizing the space between characters. It’s not super-edgy or wildly innovative, but it’s lovely bits of Pinter done expertly.
— Mary Agnes Welch
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Kevin Williamson, Simon Webb and Anthony F. Ingram perform 5 plays by master playwright Harold Pinter - "Trouble In The Works", "Last To Go" & "The Black and White" from 1959, "Victoria Station" from 1982 and "The New World Order" from 1991.
"A heart-stopper; hilarious and crushing in equal measures." - Globe and Mail
"Riotously funny." - Vancouver Sun
Not to be missed…
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience
Venue#18 The Gas Station Theatre 445 River Ave (at Osborne St.)
Under 12 not admitted.