Harold Pinter's “ The Caretaker,” first presented in 1960, ..

Starring: Anne Sorce and Jeffrey Jason Gilpin Directed by: Jerry Mouawad

The Caretaker: An Intriguing Character Study;

Inspired by the epic productions of Robert Wilson, Jerry Mouawad refashions Inspired by the epic productions of Robert Wilson, Jerry Mouawad refashions Euripides’ Orpheus as something akin to a surreal opera without songs. Rich in pageantry with a chorus of white-faced spirits, Phoenicians in the House is part expressionist movement theater and part fabulist freak show. This experimental theater piece follows Orpheus and Eurydice to an underworld ruled by a devil who meditates on consciousness and haunted by three female bakers who emerge from hell’s fiery oven.

The Caretaker – Harold Pinter Review | CultureVulture

The Divine Comedy gets a comical spin from creator Carol Triffle who turns Dante’s descent into hell into an adventure story for all ages: After getting locked out of the house, Buffo, a 12-year-old boy, falls down a manhole that leads to the center of the earth. There he encounters singing snakes, a dog who guards books, and the strangely protective mud people who help him to find his way home.

“Dramatic brush-strokes fill the space with sharp comedic monologues and ecstatic motion in well-choreographed dance numbers. . . hilarious, head-spinning theatre.”
Jeremy Kemp, Back Stage West


“In Triffle’s latest work, you’ll experience the joys, cattiness, sparkle and sorrow of competition without having to tan, hairspray your swimsuit or glide Vaseline across your teeth for that perfect pageant smile.” – Lee Williams, The Oregonian/OregonLive

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"[We] were both somewhat speechless after the performance, choosing to revel in our own thoughts than opining clumsy words about it, as if that might break its spell." – Dennis Sparks, Dennis Sparks Reviews

Life & Literature: Report on The Caretaker by Harold Pinter

“Carol Triffle is Portland’s most prominent stage absurdist, a quiet comic renegade who makes a virtue of never connecting the dots. Her theater is whimsical, outrageous … an anti-theater, almost, bopping narrative on the nose and then ducking around the corner to put on clown makeup and reappear as something utterly different, yet somehow also just the same.” – Bob Hicks, Oregon ArtsWatch

THE CARETAKER by Harold Pinter notes - Right PTC …

- October 2014
A dark comedy set in 1960s London, Pinter's “The Homecoming” takes place in an old house where the patriarch Max, two of his three sons, Lenny and Joey, and Max's brother Sam live in emotional squalor. The power structure is challenged at the appearance of Teddy, who comes home with his wife Ruth, the only woman in the testosterone-driven world of the men in the house. An exceptional ensemble cast deftly portrays the explosive tension inflicted on the present from a dark shared past and the shifting power dynamics as each character jockeys for position. The uncomfortable universality in this play has caused some to describe it as resonating on a mythic level as well as an immediate one. Ruth, sitting in a chair center stage at the end of the play, surrounded by men on their knees, creates a regal final picture, as she has gained the final control.

Feb 15, 2014 · THE CARETAKER by Harold Pinter notes ..

The play, which like most of Pinter’s contains many themes on which to chew, features fewer of the distracting archetypes and abstruse symbols that make others of his plays (The Homecoming) more maddeningly inaccessible (no tomatoes, please!). Featuring Pryce in top form, it’s a blazingly clear production of a now-classic play that deserves to be seen again by today’s theatergoers as an example of an extraordinary – and often extraordinarily funny – drama about ordinary, even despairing, lives.