In I re-read The Hothouse and decided it was worth presenting on the stage . I made a few cuts but no changes. HAROLD PINTER. GIBBS, in his thirties. The Hothouse by Harold Pinter, Hampstead Theatre, 24 April , transfer In I re-read The Hothouse and decided it was worth presenting on the stage. A long, dark, funny play. Place: the building of an “institution” that seem to keep locked in “patients”, seemingly mentally disordered persons.
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It starts with the names of the patients and the illegit pregnancy fhe one of the residents who is supposedly impregnated by one of the staff members. I made a few cuts but no changes. Miss Cutts was in love with Roote, the manager, and tried her chance with Gibbs. The end is often so abrupt and blunt that it hurts the readers pace and makes him wonder what it was al “LAMB in chair.
It is remarkable how mundane and formal thhe has such sinister undertone in this play. They can make him a lamb as his name is!
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It is also a biliously funny play and the casting of Simon Russell Beale as Roote ensures that the laughs come thick and fast. Mar 08, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: For more, go to guardian.
Retrieved 6 March Sep 24, J Benedetti rated it it was amazing.
Harold Pinter has penned down yet another epic creation that adds to his long list of plays that have the potential to affect and ghe its readers. Seeing this play performed by Trinity Rep in a production hothohse went to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony helped hook me on theatre for life.
Of course, I knew Koestler’s Darkness at Noon and so on, but in I don’t think there was general knowledge that these things were being refined, as they are to this day.
This “new direction” in his work and piinter left-wing political activism stimulated additional critical debate about Pinter’s politics.
Beneath the surface comedy there are frightening implications concerning a bureaucracy ostensibly dedicated to humanitarian concerns, but where people are referred to by numbers and forgotten as easily as troublesome figures on a balance sheet.
I laughed incessantly at Russell Beale’s performance but his Roote seems to be in a harild of incipient collapse from the off whereas Pinter, when he played the role, showed us a figure of awesome power who only disintegrated as the play progressed. No trivia or quizzes yet.
What follows is a blackly comic portrait of the insidious corruption of power in which Roote finds himself increasingly cornered. I saw a bit more humor in this than I’ve seen in some of Pinter’s other works that I’ve read so far. You don’t really know what’s happened until you e read the very last word, and even then you don’t know.
A patient has hothuse impregnated by someone on staff, and the mystery and potential scandal launches a macabre quadrille of investigation, torture, and obfuscation.
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May 14, Patrik Sampler rated it it was amazing. Grove Press Distributed by Random House As they left the matter of killing the whole staff except Gibbs and promised him to find new professional persons.
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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: I saw this play live with Harold Pinter on his birthday while I was living in London.
But, richly pleasurable and boundlessly funny as Jamie Lloyd’s new production of this early Pinter play is, I feel it misses something of its chilling political undertow. Reality has overtaken it. With courtiers circling [ But, then, hraold might have been dismissed as fantasy. Power as exercised through bureaucracy; the individual versus a structured society; relationships, manipulation and sex; betrayal; authority and subservience; sanity bordering with madness.
Published February 10th by Grove Press first published March 1st