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“The Birthday Party” Shocks with Political Allegory, at ACT, S.F.

“The Birthday Party” Shocks with Political Allegory, at ACT, S.F.

Harold Pinter’s ‘Common Man’ Manipulated by Mom & Mafia by Barry David Horwitz “The Birthday Party” (1958), by Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter, is a scary “comedy of menace” because we never know whether geeky Stanley is an artist, a failed pianist, a criminal on the run, or simply a sad sack. Stanley lives in a rundown seaside boarding house in England, asserting himself feebly against annoying mothering by his landlady—and worse. From the old-fashioned print wallpaper to the fried…

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