Posts tagged "Harold Pinter"

"Birthday Party" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Perverse Party of the Year

"Birthday Party" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Perverse Party of the Year
Steppenwolf Theatre presents BIRTHDAY PARTY.  Stanley is a recluse hiding out in a vacant boarding house.  His married landlady is a lunatic.  She smothers him with maternal and flirtatious affection.  And she has decided to throw him a surprise birthday party. The guest list is short.  His landlord isn’t even attending because of a weekly... Read more »

"The Lover" (Soul Theatre): Sultry Deconstruction of a Marriage

"The Lover" (Soul Theatre): Sultry Deconstruction of a Marriage
#139.  In old movies, the phrase “hello lover!” makes me giggle.  It doesn’t even matter if the couple has had sex. Its just meant to be a term of endearment. It is the hotter version of “sweets,” “babe” or “honey.”  I tried to bring the casualness of the sexy phrase back at my ex’s wedding... Read more »

"The Caretaker" (Writers Theatre): Sublime Cast Fills The Room

"The Caretaker" (Writers Theatre):  Sublime Cast Fills The Room
In my old apartment in Chicago, Carlos was The Man.  He took care of people.  When my neighbors’ fight ended with the husband’s clothes down the garbage chute, Carlos retrieved them.  When someone ransacked the laundry room, Carlos cleaned it.  When I locked myself out, clogged the drain up, or needed the Christmas tree out,... Read more »
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"Old Times" (Strawdog Theatre): Sublime Acting in Pinter's Intellectual Teaser

"Old Times" (Strawdog Theatre):  Sublime Acting in Pinter's Intellectual Teaser
As I get older, I often ask for timeframe clarity on an incident.  Was it last summer, ten years ago or did I dream it?  Recently, a long-term chum was recanting a youthful escapade.  Somewhere in the middle of his narration, I interrupted.  I don’t know what bothered me more.  That I’ve told the story... Read more »