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Pinter's Briefs

Harold & the Boys / Vancouver, BC

Posted: 07/19/2009 4:14 PM | Comments: 0

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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…

Warnings: Language,
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience

50 min

Venue#18 The Gas Station Theatre 445 River Ave (at Osborne St.)

Tickets: $9
Under 12 not admitted.

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