Harold PinterHarold Pinter celebrated his 75th birthday recently, which came as a shock to me because I thought the famed British playwright was dead. Pinter is lionized in the UK as one its most treasured playwrights, but he's no stranger to American audiences, either, having penned the screenplays for The French Lieutenant's woman, and The Handmaid's Tail, among other things. As a playwright, he was known, like Beckett, for inserting pauses... into the dialogue... of... his plays. I'll always admire him, however, because the American TV version of his play The Dumb Waiter forced John Travolta to feign a British accent, which was rather entertaining, if not in the intended way.

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