Harold Pinter wrote “The Hothouse” in the 1950s, then buried it in a drawer before resurrecting it in 1980 for a production that he himself directed. During the interim, what Pinter initially intended as a fantasy became oddly timely. “Reality has overtaken it,” he commented at the time. What a...
What's happening on L.A.'s smaller stages? "Alright Then" by Orson Bean at Pacific Resident Theatre; "The Hothouse" by Antaeus; "The Chinese Wall" at Group Rep; "The Enchanted Nightingale" at Garry Marshall Theater.
They've announced that Tom Stoppard has won this year's David Cohen Prize, a biennial £40,000 author award that has previously gone to, among others, Nobel laureates V.S.Naipaul (1993), Harold Pinter (1995), and Doris Lessing (2001)...
Antonia Fraser: "I did something I've never done before. I scribbled some notes on a page from one of Harold's yellow legal pads because I was waiting for a taxi to go to Mass, and too lazy to go upstairs.... When I had written the note, I stripped off the yellow page. Then I […]
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Harold Woof was childhood buddies with Pinter, and his book"paints a nostalgic but unsentimental picture of his boyhood friendship with Pinter in east London and of the other members of the 'Hackney gang' – a small band of firm friends who met at Hackney grammar school in the early 1940s. As Jews, Woolf and Pinter […]
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"Albert Finney sobbed like an animal, Harold Pinter ramped up the terror and John Hurt even resembled Beckett himself." Why do actors and viewers keep coming back to the play - even, as Michael Billington writes, "someone like myself, who is not a fully paid-up member of the Beckett club"? Well, Billington says, "it is […]
He was championed by Harold Pinter and wrote poetry about endangered animals.
The Salzburg Festival production of Harold Pinter’s Birthday Party has been abandoned by the actors who were meant to play Meg and Petey. Andrea Clausen and Martin Reinke will be replaced by Nina Petri and Pierre Siegenthaler. Can’t be easy doing Pinter auf Deutsch.
They've announced that the sometime-Nobel Prize-predicting -- Elfriede Jelinek was named the winner in 2004, Harold Pinter in 2005, and they would go on to win the Nobel later those years -- Cena Franze Kafky will go to Margaret Atwood...Show More Summary
The first major adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was a feature film that appeared in 1990, directed by Volker Schlöndorff, which, despite a Harold Pinter screenplay and an all-star cast, got mixed reviews and pulled mediocre box-office receipts. Show More Summary
Zachary Smith writes, "Almost 30 years before Hulu's take on Margaret Atwood's feminist classic, a less-successful adaptation was filmed in Durham, NC. Here's a well-researched look at the making of that film, and its strange parallels to the community." (more…)
The best way to experience the dry comedy The Lovers is as a goof on Harold Pinter and his portentous silences and prodigious amounts of subtext. Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play Michael and Mary, a husband and wife who have each taken lovers for whom they’ve promised to leave ... More »
And the BBC put both Pinter's "Betrayal" and Joan Bakewell's "Keeping in Touch" on the air. "You were conscious, as the events unfolded in reverse chronological order, of the way betrayal spreads like a virus through a whole network of human relationships."
"Since the election, I have been urgently seeking direction from dramatists in the way a cardiac patient might turn to nutrition and meditation after a heart attack. I have been thinking not just of Chekhov but of Harold Pinter, who is an even better guide to Trump’s brutal relativism and canny opportunism. Pinter’s plays throw […]
Betrayal explores an affair from all angles: primal, emotional and intellectual. A Last Five Years of infidelity, Harold Pinter's Betrayal gives both woman and man the respect they deserve, but never lionizes their less-than-perfect decisions. Show More Summary