Theatre review: The Dumb Waiter, New Town Theatre

The Dumb Waiter. Picture: Comp
The Dumb Waiter. Picture: Comp
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TWO contract killers are awaiting their instructions in a windowless basement. Ben and Gus have worked together for years, and carried out hundreds of similar jobs but on this particular day, things don’t go according to plan.

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While Gus paces and Ben re-reads a paper, the dumb waiter judders into life, spitting out a succession of comic instructions. Perplexed and ultimately scared, the men become pawns at the mercy of an unknown puppet-master. This version of Pinter’s classic play is presented in a windowless kitchen in the basement of the New Town Theatre on George Street. Brilliantly atmospheric, the dingy cramped room is the perfect setting for this claustrophobic play. The two actors deliver whip-crackingly quick dialogue perfectly. Tightly directed by Mark Westbrook and beautifully acted by Ian Watt and Paul Comrie, this is a darkly funny gem that will take your breath away.

Until 25 August