Harold Pinter's Betrayal from Actors Theatre of San Francisco
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Award-winning actress/playwright Chris Black enters the ring for a dramatic one-woman show in Tough, which is inspired by the life of famed boxer John L. Sullivan, who traveled coast-to-coast challenging people to fights. While Sullivan's background, rise to fame and decline motivate the performance, Black's interest also lies in what it means to be strong and how athletes and performers harness that "special something" to become extraordinary. Black opens the show by throwing her hat in the ring and announcing the rules of the game, all while enjoying some good whiskey. Don't miss this unique, gender-bending performance that mixes power and poignancy. Learn More
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I attended the preview, so I expect they will snap it into perfect shape within a couple of performances.
Terrific script, great venue, clever staging. The acting was mostly fantastic, but the men's English accents sometimes took the believability down a notch or two. And though just a bit part, the waiter's accent was somewhere between American, Italian, and English... but really none of them.
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Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" is a very pithy and interesting play about trust, love, and empathy. I've seen other Pinter works but this was my first experience of Betrayal.
The set was stark -- props made of boxes creatively morphed into chairs,...continued
The plot revolves around two couples, Robert and Emma, and Jerry and the unseen Judith. Robert, Emma and Jerry become involved in a web of infidelity: Emma and Jerry conduct an seven-year affair, which Robert discovers in its fourth year. Robert then cheats on Emma. This play memory play uses the distortion of time to reveal how each character is emotionally isolated by their actions of deceit and self -gratification. Considered Pinter’s masterwork Betrayal uses this love triangle to create moments of awkward and strained encounters and brutal silence that get below the surface of social propriety and to the depths of human interaction.
Betrayal is a richly textured drama that exposes social pretense and unmitigated emotions that draws us into the same complex world we all inhabit and makes us believe simultaneously in the endurance and the transience of relationships and in the ecstasy and pain of intimacy.