Somerville Journal – Paul Benedict enters darkness of Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’
After 43 years in the theater, appearing in nine Harold Pinter plays, Paul Benedict has a good idea about what he’ll do when he finally gets some time to himself.
“Suicide,” says Benedict with perfect comic timing.
It’s natural for an actor to be in a dark place after rehearsing a Pinter play for a couple of weeks. The playwright’s material is hardly uplifting, with dark themes and uncomfortable pauses. Thankfully, Benedict’s sense of humor keeps him grounded.
The truth is Benedict was all set to retire from the stage and was looking forward to working at his vineyard. Then he got a call from director David Wheeler.