Degree Year

2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Theater

Committee Member(s)

Caroline Jackson Smith, Chair
Roger Copeland
David Walker

Keywords

Harold Pinter, Directing, Criticism, Humor, The Hothouse, Comedy of Menace, American Football, The Birthday Party, The Dumb Waiter, A Night Out, The Caretaker, Trouble in the Works, One for the Road, Mountain Language, Celebration

Abstract

This is a dually-focused Honors thesis in criticism and directing that discusses the dynamic balance between humor and menace in Harold Pinter's myriad works. In particular, this paper examines The Hothouse, a play Pinter shelved for several decades due to its highly overt comedy. The paper uses close readings from The Hothouse and a number of other plays (including The Birthday Party, One for the Road, and Celebration) and directorial insights from a February 2011 production of The Hothouse in Oberlin College's Little Theater.

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