Birthday Party Study Guides

  • The Birthday Party

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    The Birthday Party is a 1957 play by Harold Pinter about an unsuccessful pianist named Stanley Webber, who is living in a boarding house run by Petey and Meg Boles. Two villainous visitors, McCann and Goldberg, arrive on Stanley's supposed birthday and the ensuing encounter is filled with absurdity, confusion and misfortune. The play portrays human oppression and the breakdown of communication and objectivity. Numerous elements of the play, from characters' names to their past and the play's setting is debated and unstable throughout.