1965 absurdist play
by Harold Pinter
, one of his classics, detailing a dysfunctional family
: a claustrophobic house
without a matriarch
, where men
dependent on their masculine
egos become lost and turn on each other without a strong woman
around. Enter son Teddy from America
with his wife Ruth. With a woman around, things get creepy
, as Ruth joins in the sadistic power
games with the rest of the family, eventually stepping into the role of mother
for the house.
May have been the inspiration for Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize winning Buried Child.