The Vancouver Playhouse Company
By Harold Pinter
Reviewer: Jane Penistan
Dates: 5 April - 3 May 2003
Director: Bill Dow
Pinter's The Caretaker is as engrossing as it was when first presented
in 1960. The interplay of the three characters and their understanding
and misunderstanding of each other and the care for one another or himself
are tellingly presented by Bill Dow and his cast and crew in this memorable
Tom McBeath is a fast talking, persuasive, ne'er-do-well, who successfully gulls Aston into giving him food and a place to sleep besides clothes and shoes. He is given the job of caretaker by Mick, the owner of the premises and Aston's protective brother. Vincent Gale plays this shrewd businessman with a nice assurance. All three actors make the most of the definite characters Pinter has given them to work with, and they play to each other most convincingly.
else, this production would be a classic example for young actors to learn
scene work, but it is much more. The playwright's work has been studied
intricately and is presented with all the insight and empathy necessary
for each character. The sharp humour of the script is never laboured.
All three men are caretakers in one sense or another as we all are. It
is part of the human condition. The Playhouse is presenting a great play,
well performed and produced. It is one not to be missed.
© 2003, Jane Penistan