Comedy of menace  

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Comedy of menace is a term used to describe the plays of David Campton and Harold Pinter by drama critic Irving Wardle, borrowed from the subtitle of Campton's play The Lunatic View: A Comedy of Menace, in reviewing their plays in Encore in 1958. "Comedy of menace" and "comedies of menace" caught on and have been used generally in advertisements and in critical accounts, notices, and reviews to describe Pinter's early plays and some of his later work as well.

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