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Steven Oxman has contributed to such publications as the Los Angeles Times, American Theatre, Stagebill, and, most frequently, Variety, for which he has written over 300 television and theatre reviews.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

A Grand Day for Western Drama

Harold Pinter has won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Three cheers! Bravo! Standing O! and all that.

The question of deservedness -- which did arise following Dario Fo's receipt of the prize some years ago -- will be raised by nobody on this selection. Pinter's talent is unquestioned, his influence undying. His best plays remain eery, disturbing, their power immune to easy interpretation. He puts his finger on the dark side of us, the unknowable, the unmentionable.

Here's the brief summation of achievement from the Nobel site: Pinter "in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms."