The Dumb Waiter



 ★★★★  “The performances are simply brilliant….  With the manner they conceive and execute their productions, TUTA is a leader in cutting edge Chicago theater.” – K.D. Hopkins, Chicago Theatre Beat

★★★  “It's an hour chock-full of ideas and resonances.”  -- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune 

“In less skilled hands this piece might fall short, but TUTA is a seasoned company of thoughtful, energetic, and skillful artists. This production is funny, unnerving, challenging, and wholly worth seeing.” – John Dalton, Centerstage 

The Dumb Waiter, written in 1957 by Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, follows the story of two hit-men, Ben and Gus, waiting in a basement to receive their assassination instructions.  The play is a dramatic masterpiece, written with a stroke of fascinating simplicity yet reflecting an abundance of themes and ideas.

Although written more than a half-a-century ago, The Dumb Waiter, perhaps now more than ever, makes a profoundly moving statement about the modern human condition: it shows us how invisible and subtle the mechanism of power and oppression works in a seemingly democratic society. It reveals a system of power and mechanics of fear designed by an "organization," in our times easily recognized as a "corporation." The ludicrous idea of "corporation is people" is exposed in this play fully, with sharp humor and ultimate horror.  TUTA is interested in exploring how political and theatrical systems cross in The Dumb Waiter and how Pinter uses theatre as a mirror for psychological, social and political issues.  

Dates:  July 19 - Sept. 1, 2012

Please note that performances on Thursdays, Aug 9, 16, 23 and 30 have been changed to a 9:00pm start time.  Saturday, September 1 will also be a 9:00pm show.

Days/Times:  Thursdays-Sat at 8:00pm, Additional show on Sat at 5:00pm

Location:  TUTA Studio Theatre, 2010 W. Fulton Avenue

Spaces are extremely limited and reservations are highly recommended.

All performances are standing room only.