A Night Out by Harold Pinter

ensemble theatre · benevitriol productions · Ages 13+ · United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Review by BILL RATNER

June 28, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: Dark Comedy

What I liked

In a tiny black-box theater, moving set pieces and a good-sized cast around can be clunky, especially with Americans doing British accents, but none of that got in the way of this spirited, tightly wound, and very well-coordinated cast & production.

What I didn't like

I was disappointed not to see bios on the actors, director & mechanicals on the Fringe page. There were many stand-out performances, and I always wonder where the actors came from, where they trained, etc.

My overall impression

A very likable ensemble effort to lift this 60 year old Pinter play into the 21st century was successful. This dark, absurdist comedy of manners and indictment of middle-class British stiff upper lips still breathes and shocks and makes us laugh thanks to the well-coordinated, tightly directed, and talented troupe of actors whose accents I wondered about in the beginning, but after they warmed to the play and the night’s audience the acting and East End accents cracked along into the dark night of this play. This group of actors exhibited a refreshing generosity and cooperative spirit with each other on stage, not wasting a second between scenes and beats. I thoroughly enjoyed this production.

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