Betrayal by Harold Pinter at Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion
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Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, the creators of the Tony Award-winning musical Assassins, turn their attention to the westernization of Japan. This challenging period in Japanese history is told through the story of two friends caught in the inevitable winds of change. Mixing elements of Kabuki theater with the conventions of the Broadway musical, this is one of Sondheim's lesser known works, and a chance to see it performed is a treat. Pacific Overtures is a featured event of the Boston University College of Fine Arts Keyword Initiative, now in its third year. Learn More
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This was a wonderful production of a fascinating play. Pinter layers different levels and types of deceipt around a disarmingly relaxed friendship triangle. I liked the way Jerry brought humor to his role and the subtle shifts in facial expression of all the actors made the acting very convincing and credible. The actors each really grew on me as the production developed. The stage was interesting and inventive visually and the quirky prop shifters with flashlights highlighting the time periods were an interesting touch. The only two drawbacks for me were the music in between scenes (which I thought added a somewhat commercial overtone to the play) and the whir of the A/C which sometimes made it hard to hear the actors who weren't facing forward and was a bit distracting. highly recommended.
“Seemingly the most accessible of Mr. Pinter's major works, Betrayal draws you into a situation you think you know all too well, from literature if not life: the romantic triangle. But by unsettling degrees, you realize that not one of the trio involved in that relationship knows the whole story,”--Ben Brantley.
Roxbury resident Lyralen Kaye, is producing artistic director for an upcoming production of Betrayal by Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter. A collaboration of Another Country Productions (ACP) and the Factory Theatre, the production is a cast with Meisner-trained actors, who bring to life a lighter modern vision of the age-old topics of truth, temptation and fantasy.
“Pinter’s work is full of pauses and subtext, creating a world of subtlety in which what is not said is as important as what is,” said Kaye. “Our acting aesthetic capitalizes on the unsaid nuances of human communication. In the Meisner-driven aesthetic, audiences aren’t presented with a story; they live it vicariously through actors who are taught to create real relationships with each other. We’re excited to take audiences to the heart of infidelity and to give them a new experience of temptation."
The Factory Theatre’s Executive Director and Co-Producer Greg Jutkiewicz, is also enthusiastic about the technique. “I could see from my first collaboration with Lyralen and ACP in 2009 that audiences recognized something different in the style of acting. They told me everything felt more real, and they kept coming back.”
Director Gail Phaneuf’s vision adds to this reality. Rich with layers of subtext and inchoate desire, this production of Betrayal will reach beyond conventional expectations, exploring infidelity as a world two lovers embrace as a haven. This dislocated reality is the fascination of director Phaneuf’s vision, deflecting the common rush to judgment reaction.
“With famous athletes and politicians continually revealing their inability to resist temptation, and statistics identifying as many as 50 percent of marriages have affairs in their past or future, the question needs to be asked: why do affairs happen?” says Phaneuf. “This play reveals the struggle of complicated longing, and lets audiences understand the nature of forbidden temptation.”
Phaneuf’s view of the infidelity at the heart of the play reflects the desire for fantasy and a secret life, as well as its inevitable consequences. “It’s like a domino effect; once you step into it, there’s no going back. As soon as the cross-over is made, you’ve stepped into an unreal world. That illusion is what we’ll explore through our creative vision. There’s wonderful freedom as a director to create the ‘sub-textual life’ within the characters and storyline. And equally challenging, Pinter is a playwright who trusts and relies on the actor’s process.”
In theme, Betrayal is a departure for Another Country, who until now have only produced new works featuring underrepresented voices. “We’ve focused very much on bringing new voices to the stage, so it’s no surprise that the writing is what gets the attention in our productions,” says Managing Director Judy Sclarsky. “Betrayal is an opportunity to turn the audience's attention to the acting aesthetic about which we are equally passionate.”
Cast in the production are Wayne Fritsche, Lyralen Kaye, Robert Kropf and James Wilcox.