A newspaper. A man tying his shoelaces. A kettle on the stove. Two men sit in a room, discussing the local paper before tea. But these two mundane chaps exclaiming over football scores are hired killers, and they never know what the next job will look like. They take the call, move out, and do the job: business as usual. But this time, something is off. A ticking clock. Mysterious envelopes. A screeching dumb waiter sent by strangers... and paranoia creeps in.
Harold Pinter's 'The Dumb Waiter' was presented by Proud Kate Theatre Project at The Alley Stage, and opened August 16th.
"Director McGrath has succeeded admirably in luring us into Pinter’s world of indistinct dangers, crafting ominously atmospheric scenes at a clipping pace."
"...it’s rare to encounter a production of Pinter that so artfully sustains its claustrophobic intimacies. The moment that heavy metal door shuts, locking us into the Alley Stage with two seemingly inert corpses, we sense we are in for a thrill. Thankfully, Proud Kate does not disappoint." RECOMMENDED, Anthony Mangini, Chicago Critic
"Charlie McGrath’s tensile 50-minute staging showcase two very ready male actors." 3 STARS from Chicago Theatre Beat