Tarantino and Francis Ford Coppola were obviously inspired by the tension created in Pinter’s stories…
The title could simply refer to the serving hatch and food lift that delivers orders to the gunmen, but it could also mean something else…
This is a classic example of early Pinter – a minimum of information and an atmosphere of menace, working-class small-talk in a claustrophobic setting.
It achieves, through its unique blend of absurdity, farce, and surface realism, a profoundly moving statement about the modern human condition.
Ben and Gus are two contract killers waiting for their orders as who to kill next in a closed basement room. Witnessing their everyday banter gives an insight into the terrifying vision of the dominant-subservient battle for power, a battle in which societies and individuals engage as a part of daily existence.
It could have been written today.
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Medvirkende: Lars Mikkelsen, Ian Burns
Instruktør: Barry McKenna
Dramatiker, forfatter: Harold Pinter
Producent: That Theatre Company
Arrangør: That Theatre Company