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Re: One for the Road and Victoria Station
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2011, 12:06:04 AM »
Just saw them, the production is highly recommended.  More soon.

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Re: One for the Road and Victoria Station
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2011, 04:44:17 PM »
A perceptive article on the production, "Pinter’s Political Anger" by Jeff James in Exeunt, 5 Sept 2011
 
"... One for the Road is a coolly terrifying play, in which we see the protagonist Nicolas interrogate three members of the same family... The play vividly shows the evil of torture, and is considered by some to have marked a change in Pinter’s works, moving into more straightforwardly political territory."

"Harold Pinter... met two young Turkish women whom he found ...intelligent... he challenged the women over their country’s use of torture... [they] assured him that it was probably only communists who were treated in this way, so it didn’t matter..."

"... We can hear an echo of Pinter’s Turkish friends in US Justice Department lawyer Jay Bybee’s now infamous memo claiming that ‘certain acts may be cruel, inhumane or degrading, but still not produce pain and suffering of the requisite intensity to fall within Section 2340A’s proscription against torture’. Clearly, we should still be angry..."

"...One for the Road is about power, just like his early play The Birthday Party is. In both plays, there is a moment when someone is made to sit down by someone else. It’s a little thing, but in each case Pinter invests it with terrible meaning..."

The ull article is here
http://exeuntmagazine.com/features/pinters-political-anger/

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Re: One for the Road and Victoria Station
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2011, 04:34:22 PM »
One review calls One for the Road "a forty-minute edge-of-your-seat drama".

It does make it seem like a thriller.  Not the way I would describe it.  Te review is from here
www.spoonfed.co.uk/london/event/one-for-the-road-victoria-station/at/the-print-room/

Note it is the review I have a problem with, not the production.

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One for the Road and Victoria Station
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2011, 04:30:58 PM »
The Print Room/Young Vic present One for the Road and Victoria Station from 6- 15 Oct 2011.  It is on at The Print Room.

"One for the Road is a mini masterpiece- Pinter's famously compelling study of the horrors of dictatorship.  Each member of Victor’s family is held in a separate room. Prisoners of the sadistic Nicolas and at the mercy of a brutal government, they are only metres apart but completely alone. As husband, wife and seven year old son are interrogated one by one, all they can cling on to is their innocence. 40 minutes of terror."

Victoria Station is an acclaimed black comedy complete in 10 minutes... A minicab controller is in a rage with one of his drivers. He is outraged that his orders are being ignored - but the driver is distracted by something mysterious and far more worrying."

Details are here
www.iainfisher.com/pinter/pinter-news.html