30+ Years of Curious Theatre
The Caretaker by Harold Pinter

May 22–June 28, 2009

8:00 p.m. Friday/Saturday
7:00 p.m. Sunday
  • Location
  • The Side Project • 1439 W. Jarvis, Chicago
  • Tickets
  • $20 or pay what you can


Last seen together in the acclaimed Waiting for Godot, Beau O'Reilly, Colm O'Reilly, and Jeffrey Bivens are reunited in Harold Pinter's searing 1960 drama about a tramp and two deranged brothers who face off in a broken-down flat. This time they're trashing the joint.

Like Beckett, Nobel laureate Pinter is one of the few playwrights Curious claims as an influence. In The Caretaker— his sixth play, but the first to enjoy commercial success— Pinter manifests the influence of the Theatre of the Absurd in the black-comic interactions between the vulnerable, reticent Aston; his ill-tempered brother Mick, who seems to be responsible for the junk-strewn house they share; and Davies, a strange old homeless man whom Aston brings home without apparent reason.


Beau O'Reilly, Colm O'Reilly, Jeffrey Bivens

Directed by

Jayita Bhattacharya & the ensemble

Set Design by

Shawn Reddy

Costume Design by

Megan Larmer


The Caretaker


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  • "Top 5 productions of 2009."—Newcity
  • "Sharp and unpredictable."—Chicago Reader
  • "Must-see theatre."—Chicago Stage Review
  • "Darkly visceral yet smartly communicative."—Chicago Theater Blog
  • "Curious claims Pinter, along with Beckett, as a guiding spirit for its longtime fringe presence; this production, smart and nuanced... demonstrates how deeply the company understands the playwright's work."—Time Out
  • "[A]s fine a Pinter revival as you could hope to get, a confident and intelligent staging that nails Pinter's complex musicality, but more importantly boasts three superb performances that demand to be seen."—Newcity
  • "[S]pellbinding performances.... Whimsically threatening and brilliantly absurd.... A uniquely profound piece of delicate and intense theater."—Steadstyle Chicago