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Old Times

From 112 member  reviews
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. More…

A married couple are visited by the wife's former roommate, whose presence raises questions about the nature of the three's past and present relationships with each other. Deeley is quite looking forward to meeting Anna, his wife Kate’s friend from long ago. But as the night goes on, Anna’s visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle for power. Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge directs this revival of the haunting and passionate play, which has not been seen on Broadway in over 40 years.

1h 10m | Already closed | American Airlines Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (112)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Slow
63
Avg Score

45
Boring, Unengaging, Incomprehensible, Edgy, Slow

See it if I wouldn't recommend this production to anyone. Unintelligible and, therefore, hard to sit through. Lots of words without meaning.

Don't see it if you value your time. This Pinter was especially mystifying. Very long, even at 70 mins (an expensive ticket for a short time in the theater)

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60
Disappointing, Overrated, Dated, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you are into surreal dialogue. Pinter is a niche taste. It's really well acted though and the sets are stunning.

Don't see it if you are not into surreal dialogue, overdone characters and unintelligible British accents.

48
Great acting, Great staging, Original, Interesting, Confusing

See it if You enjoy Pinter's work

Don't see it if You're not a Pinter fan and have a hard time following a non linear story

62
Confusing, Great acting, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want something heady and well performed.

Don't see it if you're easily confused (or even not so easily confused).

70
Slow, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You love Pinter and like experimental plays that may or may not have a plot.

Don't see it if You need a plot, or dislike Pinter.

38
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Not worth seeing. Slow and boring. Extremely disappointing since these actors are usually excellent. The play made NO sense. Terrible show.

Don't see it if If you don't like Pinter. And even if you think you do like Pinter this play may change your mind.

65
Absorbing, Slow, Overrated, Confusing

See it if you are an avid Pinter fan -- or a Clive Owen fan.

Don't see it if you think that it's not worth going to Broadway for a 65-minute play.

25
Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You enjoy impenetrable nonsense.

Don't see it if I just saw it, and I feel like 3 people just threw poo on me for an hour, and then took a bow.

50
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of Pinter and have an understanding of his work.

Don't see it if you don't like long dramas that make you think.

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.

20
Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Incomprehensible

See it if Excruciating, incomprehensible, slow moving, depressing and self indulgent play. A total bore.

Don't see it if You want a lively or engaging, absorbing story.

65
Confusing, Edgy, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

See it if you like the actors

Don't see it if you want an exciting plot.

64
Confusing, Disappointing, Great cast but the play is lacking

See it if You want to see a short, 70 minute play with a great cast. Play itself, not so great, story is lacking. Or if you love Pinter's work

Don't see it if you are looking for a cut and dry story. Or if you do not care for Pinter;s work.

65
Confusing, Great acting, Indulgent, Slow, Overdesigned

See it if you enjoy great acting and want to be in and out of a show in minimal time.

Don't see it if you have no patience for Pinter at his most Pinter. You don't want to listen to subscriber audiences cough relentlessly through a quiet play

62
Edgy, Disappointing, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Pinter. Like all of his work, it's not an easy evening but can be very rewarding. This time, not so much.

Don't see it if you're not a Pinter fan. His work is difficult even at it's best.

68
Confusing, Quirky, Scenery-chewing, Puzzling, Pinter-esque

See it if You are a Pinter fan and relish post-show arguments about what the play is REALLY about. Apparently Pinter wasn't totally sure either.

Don't see it if You need to understand, at some level, what is actually going on, and prefer your Pinter at normal conversational level rather than shouty.

60
Confusing, Slow

See it if you are open to being puzzled by theater

Don't see it if you want a straightforward play. This is confusing on purpose, and manages to feel slow and yet end quickly.

25
Great acting, Confusing, Excruciating, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if don't - beyond obtuse.

Don't see it if don't

70
Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Quirky, Intense

See it if You like Heavy drama that is more literature than entertainment

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and fun

50
Great acting, Dated, Quirky, Slow

See it if Interesting play, rough around the edges.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

50
Elliptical, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you're a Pinter die-hard. The turntable set revolving at a glacial pace sums up the play: actors going round&round but getting nowhere.

Don't see it if you can help it.

75
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you like a serious, thinking-required, heavy plays. Also see it if you enjoy quality staging, movement, & acting.

Don't see it if you want a clear cut plot & an easy going theater experience.

50
Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Like absurdist surrealist plays

Don't see it if Dislike the above

70
Riveting, Intense

See it if Many plot twists, but a bit hard to understand. Good actors.

Don't see it if you're looking for dazzling entertainment. It's only an hour long. It starts our rather boring.

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.


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...
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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. N...
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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 ...
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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 so...
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