Old Times (Pinter, Harold) [Harold Pinter] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Like Pinter’s earlier plays. Pinter deals with bare essentials. 28 Oct “What does it all mean?” is a question frequently asked and debated after performances of Harold Pinter’s Old Times. Pinter himself once. Like Pinter’s earlier plays, Old Times deals with bare essentials. There are only three characters: a man named Deeley, his wife Kate, and Anna, a friend of.

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Le domande sono infinite. Kate returns in her bathrobe, and the two compete for her attention, while she consistently says practically nothing. I imagined the characters taking a different route, and I still was bored.

When he got through the crowd to the couch where the girls had sat, they were gone. September Learn how and when olr remove this template message. Despite its impenetrability, obscure dialogue and occasional pretentiousness, Old Times is also funny and poetic and has real dramatic energy.

Pibter Scott Thomas and Lia Williams are currently alternating the two female roles in Harold Pinter ‘s play with Rufus Sewell as the man in the middle. Fromhe acted in repertory companies throughout England for about a dozen years, using the stage name David Baron in the late s. Or his males are just weirdos. Trivia About Old Times.

The younger Kate comes across as almost autistically shy, and would have been a curious best friend for the outrageously gregarious Anna. Show 25 25 50 All. In Pinter’s unsettling drama of desire and blurred realities, Owen portrays Deeley, a man quite looking forward to meeting Anna Besthis wife Kate’s Reilly friend from long ago.

It’s fascinating how Pinter puts together the conflicting desires and relationships through the gaps and absences in his dialogue. If Scott Thomas proceeds by stealth and Williams by frontal assault, both are superb and offer the subtlest variations on single lines.


I’m really looking forward to seeing it, and hopefully reading more by Pinter.

One reason Pinter’s play is so resonant is that it exposes the way we shape the past according to the psychological needs of the present. But as the night goes on, Anna’s visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle for power. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Kate is, in fact, not Deeley’s wife but a representation of the cold, distant mother whom he could woo but never please.

After publishing poetry and acting in school plays as a teenager pjnter London, Pinter began his professional theatrical career intouring throughout Ireland. Meanwhile, Harod Thomas’s Harolc curls up on the sofa looking as inscrutable as a Siamese cat until she at last puts out a devastating claw.

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Nov 26, Parastoo rated it really liked it Shelves: I had the same experience with The Homecoming, I found that it was only by both reading the play and seeing the teleplay that I could appreciate it. Man, this is a strange play, even by Pinter’s standards. Old Times is a play about memory and desire.

More plausible is the interpretation that Anna isn’t actually there: Once he was dead, Kate’s mind took over, imagining him hopelessly in love with her. Books haropd Harold Pinter.

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Deeley began dating Kate, and Kate found out that Anna was trying to steal him from her, so she killed Anna. Old Times began previews on September 17,and opened officially on October 6, There are many parallels with “Betrayal” here but blended with the obliqueness of “No Man’s Land.


A new edition for Old Times 3 27 Feb 18, This review has been hidden because pknter contains spoilers. What starts as a game turns into a threat to his manhood and when Sewell hisses, through gritted teeth, that the question ppinter Kate’s passion “is my province”, you know that he is losing the fight. Pintwr 2 October At one point Deeley reminisces about his previous meeting with Anna, although she claims no recollection: This article needs additional citations for verification.

Anna represents complete sexual freedom—but to his consternation, although Anna seems to be attracted to him at first, she turns out to be wearing Kate’s underwear timrs is much more interested in Kate than in Deeley. Very well written, but really dark!

Click here for the entire article. Deeley says he’s never met Anna, and is surprised to hear that Kate and Anna roomed together 20 years ago.

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As always Pinter plays games. 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: Ma si tratta di Harold Pinter, il maestro del non-detto, del silenzio, della pausa.

Despite frail health after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in DecemberPinter continued to act on stage and screen, last performing the title role oldd a critically-acclaimed stage production of Samuel Beckett’s one-act monologue Krapp’s Last Tapefor the 50th anniversary season of the Royal Court Theatre, in October Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.