Harold Pinter's classic play, which tells the story of an extra-marital affair in reverse order, comes to Broadway starring Tom Hiddleston ('The Avengers'), Zawe Ashton ('Velvet Buzzsaw'), and Charlie Cox ('Daredevil'). More…
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Betrayal, the sold-out London hit starring Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox comes to Broadway for a strictly limited engagement.
Direct from a standing-room-only hit run in London, Betrayal is the story of an illicit affair that unfolds in reverse—from the end of a marriage to the first forbidden spark. Starring Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Zawe Ashton (Velvet Buzzsaw) and Charlie Cox (Daredevil) in their Broadway debuts, this stunning production features the daring vision of one of the UK’s most acclaimed directors.
See it if u want to see an elegant, brooding, sparsely-staged, expertly-acted, emotionally complex Pinter drama about truth & deception & infidelity.
Don't see it if u prefer ur love-triangle dramas full of mushy sentiment & histrionics (or superhero excessiveness) vs Pinteresque stiff-upper-lip stoicism.
See it if Pinter's mid-career masterwork rendered in a heightened if somewhat muted mode Extremely well acted though Ashton's Emma is a little brittle
Don't see it if Despite the production's total domination by directorial concept - slow stage revolves, no set, muted gray tonal lighting, it's first rate
See it if you enjoy well-written plays where every word is important and the actors deliver every syllable and expression perfectly in great staging.
Don't see it if you want these actors to be what you have seen in recent movies - here it is not about the actions but listening to the action they describe
See it if fan of Pinter and this play, have never seen this play before, fan of Hiddleston and Cox, dazzling direction, stunning performances
Don't see it if not a fan of Pinter or this play, upset by mild audience adoration of stars, uncomfortable with adultery, secrets & plot told in reverse
See it if you want to see good actors working with a great script. Subtle and thrilling moments.
Don't see it if you don't like thinking while you watch a play.
See it if Pinter is lapidarian in constructing dialog; precisely constructed world that is incestuous & filled w secrets & 2x dealing; expertly acted
Don't see it if good but not Pinter's best; not dramatic, essentially displays class of arts-related people who use adultery to relieve their boredom
See it if your a fan of this cast, including Tom Hiddleston, or you like dramas about complicated relationships.
Don't see it if you need a pick-me-up or like something quickly paced and with lots of action. This is a slow, quiet show with minimal movement.
See it if you like Pinter; want to see a well acted & produced story of betrayal laid bare in a naked, well-lit room with no place to hide; intense.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of Pinter, sparse staging, one on one conversation; don't like a backward kind of linear storytelling; you prefer action.
Also Highly recommended.
See it if you have never seen a production of "Betrayal". This version lets you focus on the play itself. Great acting from the 3 performers.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy Pinter or plays that move backwards in time.
See it if You missed the last production, and love romantic triangles and Pinter plays. I preferred the Clive Owen/Kelly Reilly version.
Don't see it if You have trouble with low voices speaking in English accents. Cannot tolerate slow moving plays or moments of thoughtful silence.
See it if You want to see three superb actors in an intense minimalistic play.
Don't see it if This really would have been better in a more intimate venue. The staging does not do the show justice. And the actors are very quiet.
See it if you are a Pinter fan;willing to pay close attention; terrific acting by all 3 performers; clever dialogue; great lighting.
Don't see it if you don't like a leisurely paced, thoughtful examination of multiple betrayals; non linear plot; minimal staging.
See it if story of 7-year extra-marital affair with spouse's best friend told in reverse order - play ends with initial flirtation; secrets & lies
Don't see it if don't like sparse set or having all the main characters staying on stage in background even when when they are not in the scene
See it if Passion viewed through cool detachment, betrayal in every relationship, triangle based on playwright’s life. Chilling yet affecting.
Don't see it if Story is clear from curtain rise & its history is slowly dealt out. Quiet, slow delivery can either keep you enthralled or allow distraction
See it if you like Pinter and terrific acting. Must listen, pay attention, and watch. Ideas, relationships, trust,changing desires, lots happening.
Don't see it if you want a chronological play; this is not. if you want great set; this has none; if you want a plot and story; this has but thin.
See it if Slow emerging adult play on betrayal of love, relationships, and friendships. Want to see Loki / Dare Devil.
Don't see it if Less relatable if you're not in long term relationship / temptation to stray. Memory plays aren't your thing.
See it if you have never seen it or want to familiarize yourself with Pinter. Past productions have been more satisfying for me, but this is timely.
Don't see it if You don't appreciate the dry British approach to drama, which is brought to new heights here.
See it if You want to see a beautifully acted and tender performance of this play. Minimal staging but beautiful lighting that enhanced the mood.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy plays where you need to pay close attention to each word, each reaction, and each movement.
Also A master class by all three actors.
See it if you enjoy intense dramas, great acting, don't mind a story that moves backwards, and don't mind a minimalist and quirky interpretation.
Don't see it if you prefer linear, choronological shows or you are looking for something light and fluffy
See it if You like shows that highlight fine ensemble acting. Are a fan of Pinter. Have patience and a sensitive ear.
Don't see it if You are wanting splashy staging, set, and costumes. Dialogue driven dramas bore you. Struggle with shows that bounce around in time order.
See it if a story told quietly with great simplicity and pathos --but fully, emerges like a butterfly from a cocoon
Don't see it if not sure if this is a good date play-- betrayal not a happy topic, but ultimately this is very romantic in a complex way
See it if Small, intimate show about the ties that bind. Strong performances, characters, and script all around.
Don't see it if You don't like character-driven drama, backwards narratives, or petty, manipulative jealousies and betrayals (heh).
See it if you want to see this Pinter play at its best with great acting and directing. Sparse, but effective staging.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of Pinter's plays & prefer to leave the theater smiling.
See it if excellent acting from all 3 leads. Interesting premise of telling story backward. Quiet, slow play demands concentration.
Don't see it if you prefer more action--this is all talk. If you want an elaborate set. If you want likable characters.