The Birthday Party: Pinter's Dark Comedy at Steppenwolf
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The last date listed for The Birthday Party was Tuesday April 23, 2013 / 7:30pm.
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At a sleepy seaside boarding house in England, the humdrum routine of corn flakes, newspapers and naps is interrupted by the appearance of two menacing strangers. They become guests at longtime tenant Stanley’s surprise birthday party which, after a few glasses of whiskey, party games and a mysterious blackout, turns into a deliciously impalpable nightmare. As excuses and alliances hastily shift, so does the truth in Harold Pinter’s riveting dark-comic masterpiece.
Harold Pinter was a director, actor and one of the most influential modern British dramatists, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. His celebrated, ultimately undefinable classic The Birthday Party derives its power from Pinter’s brilliantly mysterious yet comic riff on the absurd terrors of the everyday.
Running time is approximately 100 minutes, with no intermission.