The Theater: Gamesmanship Galore

NO MAN'S LAND

By HAROLD PINTER

Over the years it has gradually become the mark of the philistine to search for the meaning of a Pinter play. Presumably one may compound the charge of philistinism by suggesting that No Man's Land is substantially meaningless. This does not prevent it from being eruptively funny, elegiacally melancholy and wonderfully literate.

A rich old man of letters named Hirst (Ralph Richardson) has struck up an acquaintance in a pub with a poor seedy poet of approximately his own age named Spooner (John Gielgud). He has brought Spooner home to a sumptuous drawing room, designed by John Bury....

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