Old Times
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Old Times
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Old Times NYC Reviews and Tickets

63%
(114 Ratings)
Positive
45%
Mixed
39%
Negative
16%
Members say
Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Slow

About the Show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Clive Owen in his Broadway debut in this unsettling drama of desire and blurred realities by British playwright Harold Pinter.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (114)

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97 Reviews | 64 Followers
89
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a sexy, puzzling rumination on love, marriage, power, and memory. And, of course, to drown in Clive Owen's smoldering charisma.

Don't see it if you dislike ambiguity.

58 Reviews | 31 Followers
87
Great acting, Confusing, Great staging, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you want a play that requires a lot of thinking (during and after), you like Pinter, and you like interesting staging

Don't see it if you need a concrete explanation of what is happening during the play - the second act is inscrutable

140 Reviews | 33 Followers
85
Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You like to be haunted by a story and don't mind being confused. This play is very Freudian.

Don't see it if You like straight forward stories

95 Reviews | 28 Followers
85
Clever, Exquisite, Great writing, Dizzying, Thought-provoking

See it if you like your Pinter elliptical and stylish, with an erotic edge and magnetic performances

Don't see it if you want a production with less ambiguity or more footholds

72 Reviews | 38 Followers
85
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like Pinter

Don't see it if You don't like Pinter. It's Pinter! You know what you're getting.

68 Reviews | 63 Followers
85
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you love ambiguous Pinter plays, sexual tension, thrillers, confusion, Eve Best, Clive Owen, British people, arguing about endings afterward

Don't see it if you dislike thought-provoking, confusing mindfuckery.

156 Reviews | 62 Followers
80
Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if Love Pinter. Love great acting. Love Clive Owen. Also only 70 minutes.

Don't see it if Hate Pinter. Hate oblique plots.

Nic
561 Reviews | 101 Followers
79
Confusing, Indulgent, Pretentious, Interesting, Different

See it if you like the actors. It was somewhat overacted (though I got the feeling it was directed to be so) but did hold your interest.

Don't see it if you expect it to make sense or resonate. The performers have chemistry but at the end you're just not sure they took you anywhere.

Critic Reviews (38)

The New York Times
October 6th, 2015

"If you’ve seen 'Old Times' before, and retain fond memories of its quiet creeping impact, Mr. Hodge’s flashy production may well irritate you...Though this is not an 'Old Times' for purists, it has its pleasures...I’ve seldom seen a cast so palpably enjoying delivering Pinter’s dialogue, even if it often here feels closer to Noël Coward...I’d love to see them have the chance to lower their voices, kick off their poses and make themselves more comfortably at home in this ever-discomfiting play."
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Time Out New York
October 6th, 2015

"If the central conflict of 'Old Times' is a man trying to protect his wife from a predatory stranger, it has been diluted by uncertain acting choices...Despite overdetermined design and asymmetrical performances, Pinter’s precise, lyrical language comes through with crystalized, cutting force. Nothing here feels old; the blood flows freshly from new wounds."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 6th, 2015

"If you see the play as a profound portrait of a permanent human condition, it’s going to disappoint, which is exactly the trap Douglas Hodge’s production falls into...He has encouraged an excellent cast to play the subtext so broadly that it basically everts the drama, leaving very little sense that feasible humans are involved. Even so, the actors are good enough to make it fun...With neither the history nor the hostility very mysterious, the sum on this one-plus-one-plus-one plot is zero."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 7th, 2015

"By all rights, the production should have been good...It is, however, almost perfectly awful, and I think it’s safe to say that the fault belongs to Douglas Hodge, the director, who apparently supposes that the right way to stage 'Old Times' is to camp it up."
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Deadline
October 6th, 2015

"Hodge and company play the humor over the menace, which mostly works in this brief drama...Detracting from the whole is that set, which is framed by an abstract swirl of circles, and some introductory music by Thom Yorke that nearly had me bolting from the theater before the proceedings got under way. Once they did however, I was hooked. I only wish I could figure out who was reeling me in."
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New York Daily News
October 6th, 2015

"The work is blurry and up for grabs...The pleasures of the production come from watching three excellent actors confidently wind through the words, pauses and poses. Anna tells Deeley, 'You have a lovely casserole.' She means wife, but the mind and tongue play tricks. So does Pinter. It’s easy to get mixed up watching his puzzling stew, er, play. In the end, you’re somehow satisfied though you don’t know exactly what you’ve eaten."
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Variety
October 6th, 2015

"The Roundabout Theater Company’s Broadway revival of 'Old Times' can’t possibly miss. Harold Pinter’s three-handed battle for sexual dominance is an incredibly sexy play, properly cast here with three incredibly sexy performers: Clive Owen, Kelly Reilly and Eve Best. Director Douglas Hodge has made some curious production choices, but once the erotic games begin, you hardly notice that the writer’s signature pauses and ominous silences have been trimmed."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 6th, 2015

"Audience response will depend largely on the appetite for Pinter at his most opaque — or some might even say attenuated...Its fascination is quieter and more cryptic, to the point where some will find it bloodless...This is quite a sexy production that coaxes out both the sensuousness and the sorrow in the text, as well as the needling humor."
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