Old Times
Closed 1h 10m
Old Times
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Old Times NYC Reviews and Tickets

63%
(112 Reviews)
Positive
46%
Mixed
39%
Negative
15%
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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Member Reviews (112)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
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.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
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

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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) Read more

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
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.

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
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).

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
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.

449 Reviews | 116 Followers
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.

Nic
447 Reviews | 86 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 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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Entertainment Weekly
October 7th, 2015

"Watching this tense, suspenseful update of Harold Pinter’s 1971 drama, you might find yourself questioning what that really means. Is the past really what you remember? Is it what you only think you remember...? The play keeps you guessing the whole time. That’s a big part of the fun — if it’s possible to find 'fun' in a play this dark."
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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 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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