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The Resource Pinter's odd man out : staging and filming Old times, Sidney Homan with Stephanie Dugan, Sandra Langsner, and Thomas Pender

Pinter's odd man out : staging and filming Old times, Sidney Homan with Stephanie Dugan, Sandra Langsner, and Thomas Pender

Label
Pinter's odd man out : staging and filming Old times
Title
Pinter's odd man out
Title remainder
staging and filming Old times
Statement of responsibility
Sidney Homan with Stephanie Dugan, Sandra Langsner, and Thomas Pender
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Pinter's Odd Man Out records Sidney Homan's experience directing the playwright's Old Times for both stage and television. His most commercially successful play, and surely one of his best, no other work of Pinter's has generated more critical and scholarly commentary - or more varied, sometimes conflicting readings. In the two opening chapters Homan surveys the theatrical and critical history of the play before describing the "generic" world of Pinter that provides the context of Old Times: secluded rooms, their occupants, and the visitor who, in seeking entrance, challenges the room's exclusive yet deceptive serenity; the outside and the threat it poses; the subtext pressing on the dialogue; the power of the past and perception; the "presence" of the play itself; characters who function as artists; the issue of gender; mother and father figures; and the silence of Pinter's pauses. Homan then describes his company's preparations for the performance, ranging from the director's concept, the set, props, costumes, lighting, and music to blocking and the rehearsal period. After his own account of the stage production and the ways in which the audience "taught" the performers through their reactions to and discoveries about the play, Homan turns to his actors (Stephanie Dugan, Thomas Pender, and Sandra Langsner) who, in their own words, describe how they wrestled with the characters of Kate, Deeley, and Anna from rehearsals to performance. A chapter on "The Camera as Guest" records the experience of filming the stage play. Here the focus is on the technological and aesthetic differences between the media of television and the stage, and what effect such differences had on the filmed version of Old Times. To what degree does the camera allow the director to assert more control? What changes in blocking, set, and lighting were required? In an appendix Homan looks at Carol Reed's 1950s film Odd Man Out, which figures prominently in Old Times, and which may have been a source (in a highly flexible use of that term) for the play. On the surface, Pinter's Odd Man Out concentrates on a single play. In reality, it is about the ways in which people in the theatre approach a production, the process they go through from rehearsals to opening night, and the complex interaction among playwright, director, actors, and audience. It also raises the issue of what happens when a work intended for the stage is translated to another medium, such as television. If the book at times suggests that the worlds of the scholar and the theatre professional are different, indeed incompatible in some ways, it also shows how the two professions can learn from each other
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1938-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Homan, Sidney
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pinter, Harold
  • Pinter, Harold
  • Pinter, Harold
  • Pinter, Harold
Label
Pinter's odd man out : staging and filming Old times, Sidney Homan with Stephanie Dugan, Sandra Langsner, and Thomas Pender
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Old Times in the Theatre and Among the Scholars -- 2. Within Pinter's World -- 3. Preparing for Performance -- 4. Old Times Onstage -- 5. The Actors: Kate, Deeley, and Anna -- 6. The Camera as Guest -- Afterword: Doing Pinter -- Appendix: Pinter's Odd Man Out
Control code
26850750
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
192 pages
Isbn
9780838752388
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1516929
Label
Pinter's odd man out : staging and filming Old times, Sidney Homan with Stephanie Dugan, Sandra Langsner, and Thomas Pender
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Old Times in the Theatre and Among the Scholars -- 2. Within Pinter's World -- 3. Preparing for Performance -- 4. Old Times Onstage -- 5. The Actors: Kate, Deeley, and Anna -- 6. The Camera as Guest -- Afterword: Doing Pinter -- Appendix: Pinter's Odd Man Out
Control code
26850750
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
192 pages
Isbn
9780838752388
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1516929

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