The Birthday Party & The Room #2020

The Birthday Party & The Room By Harold Pinter The Birthday Party The Room In The Birthday Party a musician who escapes to a dilapidated boarding house where he falls victim to the shadowy ritualized violence of two men who have followed him from his sinister past In The
  • Title: The Birthday Party & The Room
  • Author: Harold Pinter
  • ISBN: 9780802151148
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Birthday Party & The Room By Harold Pinter In The Birthday Party, a musician who escapes to a dilapidated boarding house, where he falls victim to the shadowy, ritualized violence of two men who have followed him from his sinister past.In The Room, a derelict boarding house again becomes the scene of a visitation from the past when a blind man suddenly arrives to deliver a mysterious message Both plays are investeIn The Birthday Party, a musician who escapes to a dilapidated boarding house, where he falls victim to the shadowy, ritualized violence of two men who have followed him from his sinister past.In The Room, a derelict boarding house again becomes the scene of a visitation from the past when a blind man suddenly arrives to deliver a mysterious message Both plays are invested with the elements that make Pinter s work unique the disturbing familiarity of the dialogue, the subtle characterization, and the abrupt mood and power shifts among the characters, which can be by turns terrifying, moving, and wildly funny.
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    1. Harold Pinter

      Harold Pinter, CH, CBE, was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, political activist and poet He was one of the most influential playwrights of modern times In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.After publishing poetry and acting in school plays as a teenager in London, Pinter began his professional theatrical career in 1951, touring throughout Ireland From 1952, he acted in repertory companies throughout England for about a dozen years, using the stage name David Baron in the late 1950s Beginning with his first play, The Room 1957 , Pinter s writing career spanned over 50 years and produced 29 original stage plays, 27 screenplays, many dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays, poetry, one novel, short fiction, essays, speeches, and letters His best known plays include The Birthday Party 1957 , The Caretaker 1959 , The Homecoming 1964 , and Betrayal 1978 , each of which he adapted to film His screenplay adaptations of others works include The Servant 1963 , The Go Between 1970 , The French Lieutenant s Woman 1981 , The Trial 1993 , and Sleuth 2007 He directed almost 50 stage, television, and film productions and acted extensively in radio, stage, television, and film productions of his own and others works Despite frail health after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in December 2001, Pinter continued to act on stage and screen, last performing the title role in a critically acclaimed stage production of Samuel Beckett s one act monologue Krapp s Last Tape, for the 50th anniversary season of the Royal Court Theatre, in October 2006.Pinter s dramas often involve strong conflicts among ambivalent characters who struggle for verbal and territorial dominance and for their own versions of the past Stylistically, these works are marked by theatrical pauses and silences, comedic timing, irony, and menace Thematically ambiguous, they raise complex issues of individual identity oppressed by social forces, language, and vicissitudes of memory In 1981, Pinter stated that he was not inclined to write plays explicitly about political subjects yet in the mid 1980s he began writing overtly political plays, reflecting his own heightening political interests and changes in his personal life This new direction in his work and his left wing political activism stimulated additional critical debate about Pinter s politics Pinter, his work, and his politics have been the subject of voluminous critical commentary.Pinter received numerous awards In addition to the Nobel Prize, he received the Tony Award for Best Play in 1967 for The Homecoming He was given BAFTA awards, the French L gion d honneur and 20 honorary degrees Festivals and symposia have been devoted to him and his work In awarding the Nobel Prize, the Swedish Academy noted, That he occupies a position as a modern classic is illustrated by his name entering the language as an adjective used to describe a particular atmosphere and environment in drama Pinteresque He died from liver cancer on 24 December 2008 He was buried the following week at Kensal Green Cemetery in North West London.

    110 thoughts on “The Birthday Party & The Room”

    1. Earlier this month I attended a live performance by Julian Sands called A Celebration of Harold Pinter Inspired by Pinter s little known poetry, it s informed by and interspersed with anecdotes and quotes from Pinter himself, his colleagues and his wife Some of the poetry seemed rather good, but I wondered if it sounded good as opposed to if I d read it on the page because of Sands wonderful delivery I m guessing Pinter wrote his poetry as he did his plays, knowing what pauses and emphases he wa [...]

    2. written in 1957 while in his mid twenties , the room and the birthday party were harold pinter s first two plays the english dramatist s first attempts at creating theatrical works were initially ridiculed, but pinter is now acclaimed as one of the world s finest playwrights he has won an appreciable number of awards, including the nobel prize for literature in 2005 besides his play writing, pinter is also well known for his poetry, acting, directing, and political activisme apparent simplicity [...]

    3. I was originally going to give two separate ratings for The Birthday Party and The Room , yet right after I finished the second play I realized that both The Birthday Party and The Room warrant 5 stars This is my first time reading anything by Harold Pinter, yet after 5 pages of reading him I realized how long pauses and silences are used liberally in his work This was rather frustrating at first yet after a while it grew on me and realized just how important it really was in terms of delivering [...]

    4. Harold Pinter s style is difficult to pinpoint, and yet is unmistakable His cleverly written, unwaveringly unsetting plays need time to settle in one s mind, like tea leaves only slowly revealing a fortune, and even then they remain cryptic, full of mysteries This happens even so when they are read and not seen, as in performance a director can make a clear choice, while a reader is left with a multitude of possibilities coexisting at any given moment, and, as a number of them will equal validi [...]

    5. I just can t break into this play as much as I ve wanted to since my 20 s I used to love reading plays as much as seeing them performed, but for whatever reason Pinter has left me dry It doesn t mean he s not a great playwright, but he s not for me.

    6. The Piece that inspires me the most was the Room, this was somehow the meaningful master piece of Harold as an Absurd writer, well in fact it s all about a scarified woman who is sticking around the room and each time talking to herself, her husband stays reading the newspaper for the most of the play, and finally the Protagonist became blind I think that it s funny to argue about that since we are in the circle of Absurdity Everything is possible.

    7. Pinter rocks in his first well made play, The Birthday Party 1958.Using his brief, telegram like language, pauses, interrogation, kitchen sink probs he makes us see the menace that attacks at any minute Your past will haunt you your identity is fragmented, truth subsides Not an absurdist but rathera mirror of our own language, style, microcosm of the worldanding for the Big Fearful world of warring authorities, crushing the innocent

    8. I swear, reading Pinter plays is like walking in on random private conversations between avant garde literati on crack There is never a beginning or an end, dialogues are lightning fast, and when you are finished you are left with a feeling that something really cool had just happened, you just aren t sure what This is cool stuff

    9. Quite shocking to experince dark side of human nature and life on stage a fascinating mimesis of inevitability of gloomy human fate an analysis of being despaired due to the unability of touching life and becoming aware of the fact that any chance of gaining hope for further pace is all in vain

    10. At the University of Wisconsin, Marinette s Theater on the Bay, I played the part of Lulu This play was produced in conjunction with a class entitled Theater of the Absurd It was performed in a theater in the round format by using a very large retangular Asian rug The action of the play took place entirely upon this rug It was my favorite theater role of all time

    11. A quite disturbing little book, I must say Having read no Pinter s plays before, I didn t know what I was to find I did find something, though a very personal voice, two plays written by a then young fellow 29 years old , who in 2005 was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature I ll keep him in mind.

    12. Much like other Pinter plays, I enjoyed this, particularly The Birthday Party I felt a bit that The Room was not enough to really mean anything to me, and its pointless violence seemed a bit out of left field The Birthday Party was far creepy in it s own surreal way.

    13. Probably better to watch than to read On paper these come across as occasionally funny but generally just too weird and artsy fartsy.

    14. Again with the plays I still think that I need to read some about Pinter s style to fully enjoy these Of these two, I liked The Birthday Party better, but they were both very odd I think of the 3 plays by Harold Pinter I ve read so far, The Lover was the most accessible Interesting to read, probably just as weird to see performed.Recommended for people into modernist philosophies, neo intellectual beatniks, and people really into the history of drama General audiences would probably not find mu [...]

    15. I think this is the type of stuff that people think is good because people say or person says it s good Having said that, the stuff is not bad two plays from the late 50s full of neurotic behaviour and freighted with political meaning.

    16. Definitely absurd theatre Definitely strange.But not terrible I wouldn t like to see it performed, but to read it once is quite interesting Not sure of the meaning behind the story but I don t regret reading it or anything.

    17. .This one just didn t work for me, though possibly this could be because I don t like reading plays There s some interesting stuff done with ambiguity of context identity usually stuff I would be into but nothing in the play works well enough for that to matter.

    18. I really disliked The Room The Birthday Party was much better, but I think I don t really appreciate Pinter.

    19. I love Harold Pinter, and these two plays did not disappoint, although I preferred The Birthday Party to The Room I think they both helped to inspire Beckett s Happy Days.

    20. Scaarrrrry Scaarrrrry You feel a deep dread reading it, and it keeps swinging you down down and around well after.

    21. this was a revelation the birthday party seems to have originated so much of modern avnt garde, i saw David Lynch in here, for instance Merciless the room is even darker

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