Posted 20 March 2007 - 01:45 PM
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Posted 20 March 2007 - 04:33 PM
Pinter examines these sorts of themes not through plots, but glimpses into the world of those characters. Some will say that's an easy way out - it takes skill and artistry to construct a beginning/middle/end plot. Yes it does, but that doesn't negate the HP approach, which in its own way also demands skill and artistry, just in a different way.
It's a shame you didn't enjoy it - I have to say, I'm on the side of those who laud it, although I personally prefer other HP plays. But you seem quite a fan of his screen work. I wonder if that's because in those, he's adapting plot-driven pieces and that's more your thing? I love The Servant and Accident but I don't think I've ever seen The Go Between, despite loving the novel.
Posted 22 March 2007 - 08:32 PM
I saw 'Waiting for Godot' at the old Mercury Theatre in Notting Hill Gate in the early-mid 1970s and went just as unprepared. I was perplexed and irritated. Years later when I discovered that "it's a play in which nothing happens, twice" and read the text, it all made sense. The waiting, whether for God, Second Coming or the Revolution, I'd understood from the start, just not the apparently pointless to-ing and fro-ing and time-passing.
That was the play-going experience that 'The Caretaker' reminded me of, and I had recognised many years subsequently that it was my lack rather than that of Samuel Beckett. The films of all his plays that had been recorded in Dublin for an anniversary year several years ago and shown on Channel 4, helped humanise and put in colour Beckett, thanks to some fine performances from the likes of Sean Foley among others.
'The Caretaker' and 'The Dwarfs' are the only Pinter plays I've seen on stage. I have seen 'stagey' filmed versions of 'The Homecoming' (featuring Vivien Merchant and Ian Holm) and 'The Birthday Party' (featuring Colin Blakely, Ken Cranham and Harold Pinter as I recall) broadcast on TV. A few years ago, in a BBC2 block of programmes on Pinter one night, were shown later plays featuring Pinter himself as an interrogator/policeman, and in another, Pinter as a political spokesman giving a press conference. Both creepy, and 'situations' rather than 'plots'. More recently, on More4, was shown enjoyable 40-50 minute play 'Celebration'.
Though I'll accept 'situation' when I know what's going on, indeed I do prefer something plot-driven and with developed characters, even if it's a Tarantino-style beginning/middle/end structure chopped up and rearranged. There's a bit of that kind of intercutting, with flashbacks, in 'The Go-Between', which you'd like. Julie Christie, Alan Bates and Michael Redgrave lead an illustrious cast, with a lovely soundtrack.
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Posted 04 April 2007 - 09:54 PM
If you are going to an evening show it will finish at about 10.30
Posted 06 April 2007 - 01:59 AM
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 01:16 PM
I agree. David Bradley's performance is the best I have seen so far this year - he was better in this play than Michael Gambon and Donald Pleasance (in the 1980s revival anyway).
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