This March, New Orleans audiences will be treated to Nobel Laureate and Master of Modern Absurdity Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter. Described by The Guardian as “menacing and hilarious,” The Dumb Waiter has enjoyed several hundred productions in a myriad of countries since its premiere in 1960, as well as influenced the work of countless theater and filmmakers.
A stealthy one-act, The Dumb Waiter starts simple – and familiarly – enough. Two hit men await their instructions in an undisclosed and windowless basement. Killers with little to do except kill time, they navigate their claustrophobic space as well as each other as best they can. But soon enough a series of odd circumstances catapult their pedestrian limbo into an absurd comedy of nerves, uncertainty, and ambiguity.