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The Caretaker

a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY :
by Harold Pinter

COMPANY : Theatre in the Square [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Theatre in the Square [WEBSITE]
ID# 581

SHOWING : October 02, 2002 - November 10, 2002

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It's All About ... Ambivalence
by Dedalus
Friday, November 8, 2002
2.0
So.

You're one of those who ... went to see Theatre in the Square's production of Pinter's "The Caretaker." ... You didn't leave at intermission. Like. So. Many. Others.

What did you think?

If you ask my opinion ... and if you aren't, why are you still reading? ... it captured the essence of Pinter's ... cluttered mind. But it missed the soul.

What's it about? ... If I decline to answer, it's not because I don't know ... and, in all honesty, I might not ... it's because the question is ... irrelevant. Irrelevant because, if you connected to the play, my answer would be superfluous, and if you didn't, it wouldn't help.

I immediately connected to the crowded and minimalized set, the dank and drippy lighting, and to the larger-than-life performance of David Milford as ... what was his name? The man can take an irrelevancy, spin it into grandiose import, and let it drop with a comedic flair that is awe-inspiring. But only fifteen minutes into the show, I found myself ... not caring. And, to be brutally honest ... dozing.

Why was this? Okay, I started the evening sleepy. Granted. Honestly. But, I've started other plays in the same state and been able to stay alert.

In this case, it was the performance by ... were they brothers? ... Hugh Adams and Brandon O'Dell. They were not in the same play as Mr. Milford. Yes, they blustered or whispered or ... paused. But their pauses were not Pinteresque, filled with meaning and mystery. They were only filled with silence. They came across not as characters (even Pinteresque cyphers) with unspoken subtext, they came across as actors following the author's direction to ... pause.

And this was fatal.

After all, why should we, a poor slumbering audience, delve into the mystery that is Pinter, if the actors choose not to do their homework?

In essence ... I agree with both "DD" and "one mans' opinion" -- "The Caretaker" had a beautiful mounting, was directed intelligently, but was undermined to the point of pointlessness by two very shallow performances.

But, I could be ... wrong.

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com) [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
What the . . .?
by DD
Thursday, October 31, 2002
0.0
1st experience with Mr. Pinter. This production seemed totally lost. Never have I been left with such an empty feeling following a performance. Is that the point? [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Pinter at it's best
by one mans' opinion
Saturday, October 19, 2002
5.0
This production of Harold Pinter's, The Caretaker is notable for the excellent crafting of big, bold, and yet believable characters. The small cast is stellar, with Hugh Adams, Brandon O'Dell and David Milford. Director John Stevens work of keeping the dramatic tension building through the "Pinter Pauses" make one almost more excited to see what happens between the action of the play. In the title role Mr. Milford stands out as actor who is able create a character that is almost bigger than life, yet firmly grounded in a cold and desperate reality. Kat Conley's cluttered set is the perfect metaphor for the emotional clutter and decay that stifles all three characters, While Ken Yunker's lights most appropriately keeps faces lit but corners dingy. For me TITS is quite a haul and I donít attend as often as I'd like. So don't miss this play due to the drive. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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