Kinky Pinter at Hollywood Fringe Festival

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By Fanny Garcia
Founding Editor

Think you need a bit of domination and submission in your life? A chair, a couch, a lamp and a Harold Pinter play is all the kinkiness you need.  The Lover written by Harold Pinter and co-directed by Dylan Southard and J.B Waterman and presented by The Smith and Martin Company for the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival offers the right blend of civility and debauchery in their production.

The Lover is one of the few classics being presented at the Hollywood Fringe Festival this year. Almost everything else is new work which is not a bad thing.  However, The Lover offers an escape from the contemporary and abstract and into satiric, masterful language and the exploration of human ambiguity.

In his co-director’s notes, J.B. Waterman quotes The Swedish Academy’s description of the term “Pinteresque” to explain what the audience is about to witness, “…comedy of menace; a genre where the writer allows us to eavesdrop on the play of domination and submission hidden in the most mundane conversations.”

Lizzie Prestel plays Sarah, a woman who at first appears to be a happy housewife until a strange negotiation with her husband Richard (JB. Waterman) occurs. “Is your lover coming today?” he asks. “Will you be going out or staying in?” And just like that the audience is given permission to eavesdrop on the kinky role playing activities of a seemingly content married couple.

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Both husband and wife share the domination and submission roles equally.  At one point Sarah asks Richard if he’s also having an affair. To which he replies, “I’m very well acquainted with a whore but I haven’t got a mistress.” For Harold Pinter, the smut is in the subtext.  His language is a cross between the British wit of Jane Austen and a trashy Harlequin romance novel.  Actors Lizzie Prestel and J.B Waterman expertly maneuver the play’s sexual innuendos. Lines are delivered with aplomb in an effort to sting but not harm.  Bob Kundrat provides a brief moment of absurdist hilarity as the flirty milkman.

Who is the mysterious titular lover? Check out the show and find out!

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The Lover by Harold Pinter
Co-Directed by Dylan Southard and J.B. Waterman

Complex Theatres
6476 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Performances:
Friday, June 21st at 11 pm
Friday, June 28th at 11:30 pm
Saturday, June 29th at 11:30 pm

Tickets are available at The Lover’s Hollywood Fringe Festival page.

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