Girard Helms Pinter's The Birthday Party

The cast of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party.
(Left to Right: Bryon Nilsson, Eileen Schuyler, Patrick Quin, Lucy Miller, John Romeo. Center: Shayne David Cameris

As the Times Union writes, "The Birthday Party was ripped by London critics after it opened in 1958.  they wrote scathing reviews that caused the play to close after just eight performances. Pinter was devastated; the debacle almost ended his career as a playwright. But a belated rave review by The Sunday Times saved the play's reputation and helped it become a classic...