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Celebration (Pinter) - Short Play, Comedy

Celebration (Pinter)

Harold Pinter

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Short Play, Comedy

5m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573628283

"In Pinter's plays, words are probes launched into the world, variously, to mask, to mystify, to mock or to murder. He sets out his entire smorgasbord of gorgeous verbal moves in Celebration, which like all good festive occasions, he keeps …

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Short Play

Comedy

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In a fashionable restaurant, two gangsterish brothers, formerly from the East End but now "strategy consultants who enforce the peace", are celebrating a wedding anniversary with their wives, who are sisters. At the next table, a banker is dining with his wife, formerly his secretary. Violent, wildly funny, this play displays a vivid zest for life. Diners and the staff at an elegant restaurant treat audiences to some unusually entertaining fare in this recent London hit by one of the major voices of modern theatre.

"In Pinter's plays, words are probes launched into the world, variously, to mask, to mystify, to mock or to murder. He sets out his entire smorgasbord of gorgeous verbal moves in Celebration, which like all good festive occasions, he keeps light and lively." - The New Yorker

"Hugely entertaining. The riotous one liners fall far faster and funnier than ever. Pinter captures the vacuous idiocies of everyday dialogue with dazzling skill." - Mail on Sunday

"One of the finest comic writers in the language. [The] dialogue has a sense of ebb and flow, of bursting out and retreating in defeat, of self abasement and evasion, of attack and tactical withdrawal. The result is that the most prosaic passages can have a musical quality; harsh minor keys, perversely accurate rhythms, heady crescendos that take you headlong into pauses pregnant with knowledge." - London Sunday Times

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5m, 4f

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Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930 and died on Christmas Eve, 2008. He was married to Antonia Fraser. He wrote twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, and Betrayal, twenty-one screenplays including The Servant, The Go-Between, The French Lieutenant's Woman and Sleuth, and directed twenty-seven theatre productions, including James Joyce's Exiles, David ... view full profile

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