Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fringe 2009 - FFA 1 - Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter

"What if it's a girl?"

Paul von Stoetzel

Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter

Written by 2005 Nobel Award winner Harold Pinter, two professional killers wait in a seemingly abandoned house for their next "job" until a descending dumbwaiter changes everything for the worse.

It's Erik Hoover, and Ariel Pinkerton, directed by Paul von Stoetzel, doing Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter.

That's pretty much all I needed to know. I didn't need the preview. I was already sold on going.

Good actors, good director, good script. Sign me up.

The two hitmen (or rather, in this production, a hitman and a hitwoman) review their plan for dispatching their target, but mysterious instructions from someone unknown above them, sent down in the dumb waiter, start to fray the killers' nerves.

The Fringe should have a video clip of the preview up soon the Fringe's YouTube page, and you can judge for yourself.

I just saw von Stoetzel's directing work on display in Dawn's Inferno over at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Earlier this year, I saw his work as part of Workhouse & Hardcover Theaters' collaboration on Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children. I'm curious to see him tackle comedy of a much darker kind. And he couldn't ask for a better cast here. Should be an interesting challenge for all involved. And they got done just as the yellow light was turning over to red.

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