In the beginning, the British multi-hyphenate who is perhaps best-known as a playwright, resided in the Theater of the Absurd. But Pinter quickly expanded past those confines. Master of the pause, he wrote the leanest of words for 1958’s “The Birthday Party” and 1960’s “The Caretaker” among plays that influenced everyone from A.R. Gurney to David Mamet. In a rare tribute, crix coined the term “Pinteresque” to describe his spare style. He is a favorite of the Roundabout, in New York, which staged “Twelve Angry Men” in 2004 in a new adaptation by Pinter, who previously directed it in London, and Reginald Rose, who wrote the original teleplay.