l-r Mark Wilson, David Matheson (photo: Dahlia Katz)Giving Good Pause
by Jason Booker
The Dumb Waiter. Pinter, eh?
made it feel like we were trapped in the room with these men, waiting, waiting. Waiting.
Nice work also from Siobhán Sleath, as her lights interrogate the characters in a creatively naturalistic way. Without a grid, she sure did figure out how to illuminate the stage well. And made it feel like we were trapped in the room with these men, waiting, waiting. Waiting.
Technically the production slickly chugs along – even with the requisite pauses. Great work by the team. But what waits under the surface? A tense and dense little play of under an hour’s duration, the point is to get in, get out and leave ‘em just short of the bang. Wanting more. Not, in its place, waiting for an ending to occur.
See also: Dahlia Katz's photo essay on rehearsal for Dumb Waiter