The Oberlin Review

Theater Review: Pinter’s Hothouse Runs Hot and Cold

Robert Salazar

February 25, 2011

Performed in Little Theater and directed by Honors candidate and College senior Ben Ferber, Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse is set in a poorly run, British mental facility. Although the characters refer to the setting as a “rest home” and a “sanitarium,” the title of the play perfectly captures the production’s restrictive, claustrophobic atmosphere: The Hothouse tells the story of people who are imprisoned by their circumstances and are struggling to develop. The play opens on Christmas Day, as staff member Gibbs, played by College first-year Brian Gale, breaks unprecedented news to the institution’s loud-mouthed director, Roote (College junior Billy Ferrer). One patient has suddenly died and one has ...

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