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The Hothouse (Pinter)

Harold Pinter


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A black comedy set in a government-run mental institution, The Hothouse revolves around a sinister murder plot hatched against a backdrop of corruption, sexual favors, and hopeless bureaucratic ineptitude. Beneath the surface comedy there are frightening implications concerning a bureaucracy ostensibly dedicated to humanitarian concerns, but where people are referred to by numbers and forgotten as easily as troublesome figures on a balance sheet. Written in 1958, The Hothouse was first performed at London's Hampstead Theatre in April 1980, in a production directed by Pinter himself. A blistering funny play. . . . Hothouse is wild, impudent, fiercely funny.-Jack Kroll, Newsweek

Grove Press, 9780802136435, 176pp.

Publication Date: February 10, 1999