Harold Pinter Plays 1

The Birthday Party; The Room; The Dumb Waiter; A Slight Ache; The Hothouse; A Night Out; The Black and White; The Examination

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571300987

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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This volume contains Harold Pinter's first six plays, including The Birthday Party. The Birthday Party Stanley Webber is visited in his boarding house by two strangers, Goldberg and McCann. An innocent-seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare. 'Mr Pinter's terrifying blend of pathos and hatred fuses unforgettably into the stuff of art.' Sunday Times The Room and The Dumb Waiter In these two early one-act plays, Harold Pinter reveals himself as already in full control of his unique ability to make dramatic poetry of the banalities of everyday speech and the precision with which it defines character. 'Harold Pinter is the most original writer to have emerged from the "new wave" of dramatists who gave fresh life to the British theatre in the fifties and early sixties.' The Times The Hothouse The Hothouse was first produced in 1980, though Harold Pinter wrote the play in 1958, just before commencing work on The Caretaker. In this compelling study of bureaucratic power, we can see the full emergence of a great and original dramatic talent. 'The Hothouse is at once sinister and hilarious, suggesting an unholy alliance of Kafka and Feydeau.' Spectator
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The Birthday Party

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 057130060X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Stanley Webber is visited in his boarding house by strangers, Goldberg and McCann. An innocent-seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare. The Birthday Party was first performed in 1958 and is now a modern classic, produced and studied throughout the world.
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A Study Guide for Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410341380

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 23

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A Study Guide for Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.
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Plays by Harold Pinter

The Homecoming, the Birthday Party, the Caretaker, Comedy of Menace, No Man's Land, Betrayal, the Dumb Waiter, As

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 9781230486130

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Page: 40

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (plays not included). Pages: 39. Chapters: The Homecoming, The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, Comedy of menace, No Man's Land, Betrayal, The Dumb Waiter, Ashes to Ashes, The Room, Old Times, Remembrance of Things Past, The Hothouse, Victoria Station, Tea Party, Family Voices, The Collection, Night, Mountain Language, The Basement, Moonlight, Landscape, Pinter's People, The Tragedy of King Lear, A Kind of Alaska, Applicant, Celebration, A Slight Ache, A Night Out, The Lover, Silence, Precisely. Excerpt: The Homecoming is a two-act play written in 1964 by Nobel laureate, Harold Pinter, and first published in 1965. The original Broadway production won the 1967 Tony Award for Best Play and its 40th-anniversary Broadway production at the Cort Theatre was nominated for a 2008 Tony Award for "Best Revival of a Play." Set in North London, the play has six characters: five men who are related-Max, a retired butcher, and Sam, a chauffeur, who are brothers; and Max's three sons, Teddy, an expatriate American philosophy professor; Lenny, who appears to be a pimp; and Joey, a would-be boxer in training who works in demolition; and one woman, Ruth, Teddy's wife. The play concerns Teddy's and Ruth's "homecoming," which has distinctly different symbolic and thematic implications. Considering the play while surveying Pinter's career on the occasion of its 40-anniversary production at the Cort Theatre, in The New Yorker, the critic John Lahr writes: "'The Homecoming' changed my life. Before the play, I thought words were just vessels of meaning; after it, I saw them as weapons of defense. Before, I thought theatre was about the spoken; after, I understood the eloquence of the unspoken. The position of a chair, the length of a pause, the choice of a gesture, I realized, could convey volumes" ("Demolition Man"). MAX, a man of seventyLENNY, a...
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The Birthday Party, and The Room

Two Plays

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802151148

Category: Drama

Page: 120

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Two dramatic works explore the role played by fate in the lives of boarding house tenants
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Drama of Language in Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party and The Caretaker

Author: Pulkita Anand

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668112142

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 125

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Master's Thesis from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1, , course: MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY IN ENGLISH, language: English, abstract: Harold Pinter is the product of a post-war generation that attempted to reject the evils of the twentieth century and presents a new outlook on society. Pinter began as an uncompromising minority author and created the taste by which he is appreciated, i.e., the inculcation of the so-called 'Pintersque'. In accordance to my capacity within this limited time what could I include in this small effort is; as it is a descriptive type of research work the dissertation trees to present" A Linguistic analysis of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party and The Caretaker in an analytical way. In this work the language is studied for theme, character, thought and action and reality.
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Pinter's 'The Birthday Party' and Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' - a Comparison

Author: Julia Pastak geb. Kupfer

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 363881016X

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Page: 36

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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, Humboldt-University of Berlin (Anglistik /Amerikanisitik), course: Expressionism and theatre of the absurd, 13 entries in the bibliography, language: English, comment: Double spaced, abstract: It seems that the Theatre of the Absurd is not considered as civil theatre and that means that there must be big differences between the drama we know from Shakespeare or other famous authors and the work of Beckett and his companions. This work is going to define the differences between a classic drama (a comedy) and a modern drama (theatre of the absurd) and it will make them clear using examples from both "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "The Birthday Party" written by Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter, respectively.
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Comparison of Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” and “The Homecoming” with a Special Focus on the Female Characters

Author: Sandra Beez

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668244790

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 14

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Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, , language: English, abstract: Pinter’s plays are good examples for the theatre of the absurd, although Pinter himself probably would not have called them this way. He knew how to create his characters in such an absurd way, but also realistic at the same time that the audience was often left in astonishment and confusion. This paper will deal with the two Pinter plays “The Birthday Party” and “The Homecoming”. These are outstanding plays, foremost concerning the female characters. Both plays include mainly male characters and one outstanding female one. There is a second female character in “The Birthday Party”, but she only plays a minor role. It is interesting to see how Pinter contrasts the more or less strong female characters in otherwise all men plays. That is why this paper will pay special attention to the female characters. This paper will start by first giving an overview over the plays and short characterisations of the male characters. Furthermore, there will be a comparison between those two plays and in how far Pinter’s plays may have developed. Continuing, I am going to focus on the female characters of the plays, Meg and Ruth. First, I will discuss the representation of women in the plays in general. Then, there will be a comparison between the two characters to see in how far their characteristics and their function in the plays differ.
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Harold Pinter

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571232277

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Page: N.A

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Published to celebrate Harold Pinter becoming Nobel Laureate in 2005, this box set contains four of Pinter's plays: The Birthday Party, No Man's Land, Mountain Language and Celebration.
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Niemandsland

aus dem Notizbuch eines Malers

Author: Marion Elias

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783897394865

Category: Painting

Page: 191

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Plays One

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571178445

Category: Drama

Page: 386

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The birthday party - The room - The dumb waiter - A slight ache - The hothouse - A night out - The black and white - The examination - Monologues.
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Pinter's Stage - A New Genre of Theatre

Author: Francis Grin

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 364023426X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 7

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Scientific Essay from the year 2008 in the subject Theater Studies, Dance, grade: H1, University of Melbourne, course: Modern Drama, 12 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: When Harold Pinter’s plays first hit the British stage, they didn’t exactly receive a warm welcome. The 1958 Lyric Opera House premier of The Birthday Party was famously ripped to shreds, as the Daily Telegraph called it “one of those plays in which an author wallows in symbols and revels in obscurity.” (Darlington 1958) Its seemingly incomprehensible dialogue and action simply baffled most audience members into boredom. Yet today, Pinter’s plays are considered some of the most pivotal milestones in the movement of modern drama. Critics warmed up to Pinter as they stopped trying to read his plays through an already existent framework (realist, absurdist, etc.) and finally saw the texts for what they really were: revolutionary works of theatre. In a review regarding the 2005 Duchess Theatre production of The Birthday Party, Michael Billington states “one problem in the 50s was that critics assumed Pinter was writing in the absurdist vein of Ionesco and NF Simpson. Now it is much easier to see the play for what it is: a rep thriller invented by a man who’s read Kaftka.” (Billington 2005) The point being, the major plays of Harold Pinter can neither be pushed into the categories of realist or absurdist theatre, they belong in a league of their own and need to be looked at through an independent framework.
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Complete Works

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802150967

Category: Drama

Page: 256

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This is the third volume of the collected works of Harold Pinter, who is regarded by many as the foremost playwright in the English language today. Featured are The Homecoming, one of Pinter's best-known works, along with three other plays, six revue sketches, and a short story.
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The Lover

A Play in One Act

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822207047

Category: Drama

Page: 28

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THE STORY: A husband goes to his office politely asking if his wife's lover will be coming today. She murmurs 'Mmmm,' and suggests he not return before six. In order not to return before six he will no doubt visit a prostitute. A competition is glossily established. When the lover does come, he is the husband, which is not surprising. The kind of sex-play follows that suggests this is the necessary titillation, and the necessary release ofhostility, between a man who means to be master of the house and a wife who means to be both wife and mistress, whatever the house may be. But there is a flaw in the accommodation. The lover is weary of his mistress; she is no longer particularly appetizing. By the time he returns, as husband, in the evening, his wife is still disturbed by the news. The performance of the afternoon has begun to carry over into the reality (or pretense) of the evening. Suddenly the husband is not quite husband, diffident over his drink. He is blurring into the lover, at the wrong hour, and angrily. The wife must seduce him now as wife, not as mistress. She does. -NY Herald-Tribune.
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Victoria Station

A Play

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 9

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Pinter's Female Portraits

A Study of the Female Characters in the Plays of Harold Pinter

Author: Elizabeth Sakellaridou

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780389207474

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 235

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The book traces the development of Pinter's female characters both as dramatis personae and as theatrical functionaries. It explores a new exciting aspect of Pinter's work in the domain of character portrayal, and it supplies a kaleidoscopic view of Pinter criticism to date at home and abroad.
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Betrayal

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802192289

Category: Drama

Page: 144

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“One of the most essential artists produced by the twentieth century. Pinter’s work gets under our skin more than that of any living playwright.” —New York Times Upon its premiere at the National Theatre, Betrayal was immediately recognized as a masterpiece. It won the Olivier Award for best new play, and has since been performed all around the world and made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, and Patricia Hodge. Betrayal begins with a meeting between adulterous lovers, Emma and Jerry, two years after their affair has ended. During the nine scenes of the play, we move back in time through the stages of their affair, ending in the house of Emma and her husband Robert, Jerry’s best friend. “[Betrayal] deals with the shifting balance of power in triangular relationships, and with the pain of loss. . . . Pinter probes the corrosive nature of betrayal . . . a world where pain and loss are explored with poetic precision.” —Guardian “Betrayal is an exquisite play, brilliantly simple in form and courageous in its search for a poetry that turns banality into a melancholy beauty.” —Newsweek “There is hardly a line into which desire, pain, alarm, sorrow, rage or some kind of blend of feelings has not been compressed, like volatile gas in a cylinder less stable than it looks . . . The play's subject is not sex, not even adultery, but the politics of betrayal and the damage it inflicts on all involved.” —Times (UK)
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Harold Pinter's Politics

A Silence Beyond Echo

Author: Charles Grimes

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838640500

Category: Drama

Page: 259

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Harold Pinter's Politics examines the expression of Pinter's political beliefs across every aspect and era of his artistic career. The fierce political stances of this important dramatist have been embodied in plays, screenplays, and his career as a theatrical director. Traditionally associated with absurdism, minimalism, and the dramatization of uncertainty, Pinter's name is now a byword for anti-authoritarian and anti-American politics. This transition has been in evidence from the earliest phases of his writing; all of Pinter's work emerges from his political views. His uniqueness as a political artist is that he is pessimistic about changing his audience or making it see its complicity in the horrors of the modern world. These horrors are dramatized through images of torture and oppression culminating in moments of silence that index the full extent of the destruction unleashed by the forces of power against dissidence.
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Other Places

Three Plays

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802151896

Category: Drama

Page: 83

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Three short plays deal with family relationships, a middle-aged woman waking up from a thirty-year coma, and a conversation between a lost cabdriver and his controller
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