Pinter’s Last Hurrah

A new production of Samuel Beckett’s play, Krapp’s Last Tape, starring an unmistakably weak and ailing Harold Pinter “has been hailed by British reviewers both as a triumphant final hurrah for Mr. Pinter and as a lean and compelling performance by an actor-playwright whose own plays draw heavily on broken language, pauses, silence… Mr. Pinter is now 76, and has battled cancer of the esophagus. He said last year that he would not write any more plays, so there was an inevitable sense of valediction.”