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Happy birthday? Happy birthday?
by Thanos Kalamidas
Issue 10
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The Birthday Party
Harold Pinter
1957
Checking the theater sections in the newspapers around Europe, I was quite glad to see how many of the major European capitals have plays of Pinter on stage at this time of the year. Actually, I’m not sure if I should be glad or sad because it took one Nobel Prize and the man is seriously ill in the hospital for Europe to see, or better live, his passion and political awareness.

In the last issue of Ovi magazine, we talked extensively about Pinter and in this issue of Ovi we have the whole speech he gave through video from the hospital to the Swedish Academy . It seems that when it comes to people like Pinter or Dario Fo whatever you write is always too little.

The Birthday Party seems to be his most popular play on stage at this moment and this totally personal opinion I think it is his best. In a coastal motel owned by an old couple, a pianist arrives and then two mysterious characters come. After a long and torturing questioning they leave taking him with them.

The play is deeply political and shows the necessity to react in any kind of force against the human rights or better the rights that have been established through many fights through the centuries.

I have to admit that I have no idea about the people who play it all around Europe . I have never seen or heard of any of them, but I’m sure they will show the right respect to the play and most of all they will show the right respect to the little man in front of the barbaric reality that surrounds us.


   
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