Elizabeth Salaam 12:06 p.m., May 21
Two by Pinter: The Lover and the Dumb Waiter
The North Coast Rep's offering a Harold Pinter sampler: two early one-acts in which characters are, and are not, who they are. In The Lover, Mark Pinter and Elaine Rivkin play Richard and Sarah, a staid married couple, and their fantasy lovers. In The Dumb Waiter, Ben and Gus (Frank Corrado and Richard Baird) do unintended vaudeville routines. They are also hit men awaiting their next job. The acting is uniformly fine. Renetta Lloyd's costumes and Aaron Rumley's sounds are appropriate, and Marty Burnett's scene change — a 15-minute flip from swank to squalor — is a wonder.
Worth a try.
- "Small Talk" (June 6, 2012)