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Caretaker, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Caretaker, The

Harold Pinter

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m

ISBN: 9780822201847

This strikingly original drama enjoyed long runs in both London and New York and earned its author a place in the front rank of contemporary playwrights. "…powerful drama with a climax that tears at the heart." —NY Times. "…wonderful, beautiful theat…

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

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The New York Times comments: "An old bum receives shelter in a cluttered room of an abandoned house. His samaritan is a gentle young man whose kindness is so casual that he seems almost indifferent. Dirty, tattered, unkempt, itching and scratching, the tramp is by turns wheedling, truculent and full of bravado…He speaks the proud lingo of those who have untold resources awaiting them at near-by havens. He pronounces his meager phrases with the exaggerated precision of one unaccustomed to being heeded. He flails a fist into a palm or into the air with the belligerence of a fighter no one will ever corner. He associates himself with fastidious practices like soap as if they were his daily habit. He is very funny—at first. But the laughter shades increasingly into pity. Like a cornered animal, he cannot believe that anyone means to be kind to him…He hates foreigners. He trusts no one, and fears everyone. He alienates the two brothers who separately have offered him a job as caretaker of the premises. Their offers and the job itself become themes with subtle overtones. Aston, the samaritan, lives in personal and emotional isolation, tinkering with gadgets and dreaming of building a shed out in the yard. And Mick, who carries on like a man of affairs, inhabits a dream world that resembles an extrovert's nightmares. Mr. Pinter has been vehement in his assertions that his play is no more than the story it tells. But he cannot prevent his audiences from finding in it a modern parable to derisive scorn and bitter sorrow."
"This strikingly original drama enjoyed long runs in both London and New York and earned its author a place in the front rank of contemporary playwrights. "…powerful drama with a climax that tears at the heart." —NY Times. "…wonderful, beautiful theatre." —NY Daily News. "…an important work of theatrical art." —NY Post.
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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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