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Atlantic’s Pinter Double Bill New York Times feature

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY’S

THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA:

TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER

NEW YORK TIMES BEN BRANTLEY FEATURE

Read: http://tinyurl.com/2f5yvky

“What a joy to find actors so at ease with the uneasiness of Harold Pinter. In Karen Kohlhaas’s first-rate productions of Pinter’s “Collection” and “A Kind of Alaska” for the Atlantic Theater Company, five performers quietly send off distress signals with a fluency that leaves you grinning at such stylishly realized discomfort.” – Ben Brantley, New York Times

Atlantic Theater Company’s critically acclaimed double bill, THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA: TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER, is featured in today’s New York Times with theater critic Ben Brantley’s appreciation on mastering the language of the Tony Award and Nobel Prize winning playwright.

NEW YORK TIMES – Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lingua Dramatica: Interpreting the Playwright’s Tongue

By Ben Brantley

Watching the Atlantic Theater Company’s exquisite productions of “The Collection” and “A Kind of Alaska,” two short plays by Harold Pinter, I almost forgot that the cast was speaking in a foreign language. Technically, of course, Pinter wrote in English. But as is true of most great dramatists, his syntax, locutions, rhythms and silences make up a sui generis grammar. To navigate the treacherous, autonomous nation that is Pinterland requires a thorough command of this exotic tongue. Continue reading

Atlantic’s Pinter Double Bill New York Times review

Atlantic Theater Company’s first main stage production of its season, THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA: TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER opened last night to critical acclaim. Read Ben Brantley’s New York Times review.

THE NEW YORK TIMES – November 23, 2010

Essence of Pinterland, a Terrain Both Warm and Flecked With Ice

By Ben Brantley

What a joy to find actors so at ease with the uneasiness of Harold Pinter. In Karen Kohlhaas’s first-rate productions of Pinter’s “Collection” and “A Kind of Alaska” for the Atlantic Theater Company, five performers quietly send off distress signals with a fluency that leaves you grinning at such stylishly realized discomfort.

Well, that’s true at least with “The Collection,” the top of the double bill that opened Monday night at the Classic Stage Company on 13th Street in the East Village. Watching “A Kind of Alaska,” in which Lisa Emery gives one of the most affectingly detailed performances now on a New York stage, you’re more likely to be next to tears. In both cases you’ll marvel anew at the unexpected, concentrated forms of self-expression that a Pinter play affords the right cast. Continue reading