The Collection & A Kind of Alaska OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
November 21, 2010
Closing:
December 19, 2010

Theater: Classic Stage Comp. / 136 East 13th Street, New York, NY, 10003

Synopsis: 

Atlantic returns to the work of Tony Award® and Nobel Prize winning playwright Harold Pinter with The Collection & A Kind of Alaska: Two Plays By Harold Pinter. Although the plays are separated chronologically by many years, both are steeped in the author's signature humor, mystery and psychological tension. In The Collection (1961), a 4:00am phone call and a surprise visitor set off a series of conversations about potential infidelities among two couples. A middle-aged woman who has been asleep in a hospital room awakens after thirty years and must reorient herself to a greatly changed world in A Kind of Alaska (1982), which was inspired by the work of Oliver Sacks in his seminal book, Awakenings.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Collection & A Kind of Alaska

    Essence of Pinterland, a Terrain Both Warm and Flecked With Ice

    Ben Brantley

    November 22, 2010: What a joy to find actors so at ease with the uneasiness of Harold Pinter. In Karen Kohlhaas’s first-rate productions of Pinter’s “Collection” and “A Kind of Alaska” for the Atlantic Theater Company, five performers quietly send off distress signals with a fluency that leaves you grinning at such stylishly realized discomfort.

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  • THE HUFFINGTON POST REVIEW OF The Collection & A Kind of Alaska

    2 Pinter plays contain underlying menace, suspense

    Jennifer Farrar

    November 22, 2010: The work of Harold Pinter, Nobel Prize-winning playwright, assumes an intellectual curiosity on the part of theatergoers as he presents deliberately oblique, psychologically complex characters in vaguely mysterious circumstances.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF The Collection & A Kind of Alaska

    The Collection & A Kind of Alaska

    David Finkle

    November 22, 2010: Harold Pinter's double bill The Collection and A Kind of Alaska, now being presented by the Atlantic Theater Company at the East 13th Street Theatre, allows New York theatergoers another chance to relish in the work of one of the world's greatest playwrights, albeit with somewhat mixed results.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF The Collection & A Kind of Alaska

    The Collection & A Kind of Alaska

    David Sheward

    November 22, 2010: y pairing early- and late-career Harold Pinter one-acts, the Atlantic Theater Company displays the remarkable range of the late Nobel Prize winner and gives a quintet of New York's finest actors the opportunity to explore the depths of his famous pregnant pauses. Atlantic presented a similar Pinter duo a few seasons back: "The Room" (1960), a scary study of everyday menace in a cheap boarding house, and "Celebration" (2000), a wild comedy satirizing the dominance of boorish behavior at century's end.

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