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The Caretaker

Playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Lichtenstein Theater. Located at 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York. The play opened on May 4, 2012 and closes on June 17, 2012. It runs two hours and thirty minutes with one intermission.

The play was written by Harold Pinter. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005 and the French Legion d'honneur in 2007.

The play had it's first production on April 27, 1960 at the Arts Theatre in London. It move to the West Ends Duchess Theatre on May 30, 1960. It starred Donald Pleasence (Davies), Alan Bates (Mick) and Peter Woodtrope (Aston). It opened at the Lyceum Theatre in New York on October 4, 1962. The London cast opened on Broadway except for Peter Woodtrope. Robert Shaw took his place.

Johnathan Pryce won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in 1980 for "Hamlet". In 1989 he won an Olivier and Tony Award for Best Actor in "Miss Saigon". He was nominated for an Olivier Award for "Oliver" (1994) and "My Fair Lady" (2001).

The play takes place in a dilapidated house in London.

The play begins with a man standing around what appears to be a junk room. He hears footsteps coming up the stairs and bolts out of the room locking the door. Aston (Alan Cox) come in with a vagabond Davies (Jonathan Pryce). The room belongs to Aston who invites Davies to stay there. That is if they can find the other bed hidden under all of the junk. The junk is Aston prize possessions.

Aston brother Mick (Alex Hassell) comes in acting strange. He is the man we saw at the beginning of the play.

Both brothers ask Davies to become the caretaker of the building.

By the second act Aston asks Davies to leave as his talking in his sleep is disturbing him.

Different events happen in the apartment you wonder which brother is off the wall. Davies is for sure.

The set done by Eileen Diss is minimal but effective.

This is a wonderful revival. Harold Pinter's plays are usually heavy. This production was well done and pleasant to watch.

Jonathan Pryce facial expressions and mannerism are robust. It's enjoyable to watch him.

Alan Cox is cool, calm and fantastic.

Alex Hassell does a good job.

The play ends on June 17, 2012 and should not be missed.

Photos by Annazor.

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