Theatre & Arts
Theatre: This 'Birthday Party' sorely lacks menace
It would seem that Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party is a play about a man having a nervous breakdown. Well, that's what an intricate study of suggestion, terror and manipulation is reduced to in the London Classic Theatre production of the Pinter masterpiece. The impression is that director Michael Cabot has not so much failed to impress the play's multiple layers of sinister meaning and innuendo on his cast, as that he has chosen to ignore them, and go for an (admittedly spirited at times) recitation of the lines' superficial meaning.