THEATER: Classic theater of the absurd at iDiOM

iDiOM Theater and Stone Town Theatre Works present Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party.”

Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, March 13-15, continuing at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, March 19-22 and 26-29. Doors open at 7 p.m.

An early work by the influential British playwright, the drama showcases Pinter’s characteristic absurdist dialogue, exploring themes of identity, societal conformity, the unreliability of language and memory, and individual search for security in a world filled with unease, fear and lack of understanding between people.

In a rundown seaside boarding house, ex-piano player Stanley Webber is living quietly off the map. One day, two sinister gentlemen arrive and take a room. A seemingly innocent birthday party in Stanley’s honor heads off the rails and into uncharted, nightmarish territory.

Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at door, at idiomtheater.com. Opening night, Friday, March 13, is a free performance.

Details: stonetowntheatreworks.com, 360-305-3524.