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'The Room' controversy overshadows the production

'The Room' controversy overshadows the production

This is not a review. Samuel French Inc., the licensing agent representing the Harold Pinter estate in the U.S., has decreed that the Wooster Group's production at REDCAT of Pinter's first play, "The Room," shall not be reviewed.

Let's call this then a critical assessment, an evaluative essay, a ruminative exploration of the work and the producing concerns it raises.

Hell, call it whatever you want. A licensing company can withhold the rights to a play, but it can't dictate the terms of the theatrical conversation. And this production pitting the Wooster Group's postmodern high jinks against Pinter's dreamlike menace is too inviting a spectacle for a critic to...