The Caretaker and The Dumb Waiter Author:Harold Pinter (from back cover): "Harold Pinter is possibly the outstanding and most controversial playwright in the current renaissance of British drama. At first both extravagantly acclaimed and roundly denounced, he has now come to be recognized, in the words of the 'Sunday Times', as 'the most original, disturbing, and arresting talent in theatrical Londo... more »n.'
In all of Pinter's plays, seemingly ordinary events become charged with profound, if elusive, meaning, haunting pathos, and hilarious comedy. In 'The Caretaker', a tramp finds lodging in the derelict house of two brothers; in 'The Dumb Waiter', a pair of gunmen wait for the kill in a decayed lodging house. In both plays, Pinter gradually exposes the inner strains and fears of his characters, alternating hilarity and terror to create an almost unbearable edge of tension. He displays all those qualities which have made his work unique: dialogue at once banal and grotesque, subtle characterization that uncovers the hidden loneliness of man, compassionate despair that infuses his plays with the private terrors and personal farce of everyday life.
Often linked with the experimental theater of Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco, Pinter was an actor before he began writing plays. He wrote 'The Dumb Waiter' in 1957, and 'The Caretaker' in 1959. Among his other plays are 'The Birthday Party' and 'The Room', as well as several television dramas."