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    Harold Pinter's The Caretaker and The Dumb Waiter 2 plays
The Caretaker & The Dumb Waiter
Two Plays
By Harold Pinter
Grove Press

In all of Pinter’s plays, seemingly ordinary events become charged with profound, if elusive, meaning, haunting pathos, and wild comedy.  In The Caretaker, a tramp finds lodging in the derelict house of two brothers; in The Dumb Waiter, a pair of gunmen wait for the kill in a decayed lodging house.  Harold Pinter gradually exposes the inner strains and fears of his characters, alternating hilarity and terror to create an almost unbearable edge of tension.