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“THE DUMB WAITER is a suspense play, mysterious almost mystic.” —NY World-Telegram & Sun.
“A wonderfully lean, darkly comic and suspenseful script” – The Daily Telegraph
“Small but perfectly formed, The Dumb Waiter might be considered the best of Harold Pinter’s early plays” – Modern Drama
“The claustrophobic, barren, and rather ominous set (by Joe Feldman) is a perfect mood setter.”
WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT WEST END’S PRODUCTION OF
“THE DUMB WAITER”~
Talkin’ Broadway – Wally Gordon
“Savering does a masterful job of capturing the working-class bewilderment of what can only be called a gentle thug.”
“Much of the significance of Pinter’s plays depends on the subtlety of the director, and Joe Feldman develops Pinter’s themes felicitously. To pick one not-so-small example, in a Pinter play timing is everything, and so far as I can judge, the timing in this production is impeccable.”
“Pinter won a Nobel prize and created the most formidable body of theatrical work in post-World War II Britain.”
“West End Productions devotes itself to classic and contemporary British and Irish plays, and no one in those isles has contributed more to revolutionizing the theater than Pinter.”
Broadway World – Beth Leitman
Morin and Savering’s rapport with one another, as well as their ability to work with the natural rhythm of Pinter’s dialogue is superb. Their chemistry as they play off one another is absolutely fantastic.
Morin is stellar as Ben, expressing the character’s simmering anger resting just underneath the surface that increases as the play rushes towards its conclusion. Savering is endearing as Gus.
Both actors manage to take a difficult play and create characters with depth, all the while making it seem effortless.
The direction by Feldman is superb as well, infusing each moment of the production with suspense right up until the ending and emphasizing the claustrophobic feeling of the basement. From the beginning of the play, Feldman ensured that the audience felt, “something was happening right away,” and pulled them into the scene unfolding onstage.
The lighting by Riley Lewis emphasized the confinement of space as well, with the actors cast in shadows or natural light rather than purely stage lights.
It allows the audience to come to their own conclusions. The way that the cast and crew of the production manage to pull this off is definitely theater at its finest.
Starring Yannig Morin as Ben and Carl Savering as Gus.
THE DUMB WAITER IS A ONE ACT PLAY – RUNNING TIME ONE HOUR
West End Productions performs at the
VSA Nth 4th Art Center
4904 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
LOOP SYSTEM WITH HEADSETS AVAILABLE!!
(Please give us at least 24 hours notice for headsets).
by Noel Coward
OCTOBER 16 – NOVEMBER 1, 2020
Directed by Leslee Richards