The Birthday Party | Chopin Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 30 2008
Phone: 773-347-1350
Price: $15-$20
Fifty years after the premiere of Harold Pinter’s first full-length work it’s still unsettling. Set in a seaside cottage, the play revolves around haunted Stanley, pursued for mysterious reasons by a pair of thugs whose chief weapon is a kind of psychological bombardment. Stagings of Pinter can seem mannered and stiff nowadays, so it’s refreshing to see that Aaron Snook’s Signal Ensemble Theatre production taps into the play’s dark humor. Some of the levity comes at the expense of the script’s carefully calibrated sense of dread, but it’s at least a valuable reminder that Pinter can be funny. (ZT)



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