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Community Level 1Drdad

Drdad

Still seems fresh after nearly 50 years

AdvantagesLandmark British drama

DisadvantagesDon't expect everything spelt out for you

"The Birthday Party was Pinter's first full-length play and still stands as one of his best. It has been (over-) analysed over the years, almost as much as Waiting For Godot and yet, like Godot, can be summarised quite simply. Stanley is holed up in a dingy seaside borading house run by dotty Meg and her husband Petey, a deckchair attendant. He bullies Meg, who has some sort of queasy hold on him (a sexual relationship is hinted at) and flirts in ..." Read review
25.08.2005

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Community Level 1aknopfuk

aknopfuk

A play for the absurd

AdvantagesThought Provoking

Disadvantagesodd and sometimes boring

"...playwright who was classed in the genre 'theatre of the absurd'. He has won two lifetime achievement awards, one for literature and one for theatre. This play has been revived several times and most recently my the Laurence Olivier and Oscar award winning director Sam Mendes This play is set in the 50's at a time of depression. It focuses on a boarding house in a coastal town. The play never actually leaves the kitchen and dining/living room. The ..." Read review
23.01.2004

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Community Level 1naelse

naelse

A play about society

AdvantagesGives you an (often disturbing) glance into the human condition

DisadvantagesConcepts are very complex to understand

"The Birthday Party is based in a small boarding house in a coastal town, which is owned by two old dears and inhabited by just one lodger: Stanley. We have no idea who Stanley is or why he is there but he appears to have been staying in the boarding house for over a year. Stanley is obviously disturbed by his past, and we become increasingly aware of the extent of his mental turmoil when his past catches up with him. However, the key to enjoying ..." Read review
02.02.2004

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Community Level 1jennytheze...

jennythezebra

The Birthday Party

AdvantagesBrilliantly comic and gripping for a play with little action.

DisadvantagesYou have to let yourself be drawn in.

"This is truely one of the best plays i have ever read, seen or performed. It is so subtly sinister. Its an in your face drama without being in your face. Its riveting, yet nothing happens. The passage of time for a sleepy seaside guesthouse contains madness, emotional breakdowns, yet leaves you feeling like youve just chatted with a nextdoor neighbour. It is a play of opposites, and contradictions. The play is deffinately a credit to Pinter, how any ..." Read review
17.03.2006

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Community Level 0hunterg

hunterg

come fly with me

Advantagesa great feeling to use, quite cheep

Disadvantagesa little bit too chunky for the desk

"...cast of aircraft; in another the jetset's great white hope Lock On: Modern Air Combat was drawing crowds with its convincing cockpits and pretty Crimean vistas. The other must-see booth for simmers that year belonged to Thrustmaster. It was showing the first prototype of the Cougar: a staggeringly high-quality HOTAS (Hands On Throttle And Stick) that looked like it had been ripped straight out of the cockpit of an F-16. This latest iteration of ..." Read review
04.11.2005

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