Old Times (Alchemical Theatre Laboratory)
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Old Times (Alchemical Theatre Laboratory)
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Old Times (Alchemical Theatre Laboratory) NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(11 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
9%
Negative
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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

About the Show

Alchemical Theatre Laboratory presents a deliberately spare interpretation of Harold Pinter's suspenseful drama, directed and designed by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Christopher Martin.

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Member Reviews (11)

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712 Reviews | 215 Followers
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Confusing, Intense, Haunting, Stylized, Dense

See it if Psychological drama with crafted wordplay and dramatic pauses. Force of will put into every sentence and movement.

Don't see it if No tenderness or humor, just a relentless tug of war.

115 Reviews | 22 Followers
74
Dizzying, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Comes down to how much you like Pinter. A smart, no-frills production of an often-frustrating play. What you see is what you get.

Don't see it if The play, though well acted, is almost all words - no action. And those words, deliberately circular, provide little entrance for viewers.

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84 Reviews | 35 Followers
95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you're interested in an excellently acted no-frills Pinter production. The cast is uniformly great.

Don't see it if you expect lots of props on stage or looking for a lighter fare. Read more

23 Reviews | 14 Followers
65
Intense

See it if ... claiming that "you've seen a Pinter play" is important t you.

Don't see it if ... if you'd rather have a gratifying experience than an intellectual exercise. Read more

3 Reviews | 5 Followers
100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like thought provoking, visceral, riveting plays full of beautiful language, and if want to hear and see Pinter done properly.

Don't see it if you like not so challenging, linear plays with a happy endings.

3 Reviews | 4 Followers
94
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you like a great play, lovely acting and wonderful direction - see it.

Don't see it if If you don't like a great play, lovely acting and wonderful direction - do not see it.

1 Review | 3 Followers
100
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Intense

See it if This is a vibrant and punchy take on a modern classic.

Don't see it if You really should see it.

1 Review | 1 Follower
95
Thought-provoking, Clever, Entertaining, Exquisite, Must see

See it if you have a love for theatre done right, and especially if you have an interest in psychology-influenced scripts!

Don't see it if N/A, a wonderful play.

Critic Reviews (4)

TheaterScene.net
November 28th, 2016

"Three strong, international actors with their delightful accents wonderfully enhance 'Old Times'...Besides guiding these engaging performances, director Christopher Martin has meticulously staged the action on the arresting minimalist set that he designed...Mr. Martin’s ingenuity in the fields of direction and design is faithful to the author’s intentions and most crucially is revelatory without heavy-handed conceptual distractions."
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Theater Pizzazz
December 10th, 2016

"Katarina Vizina, Philip O’Gorman and Danielle Shimshonu are all excellent and fulfill the director Christopher Martin’s vision with great skill. In an obscure play, the actors are providing very few clues about the truth (or dare) of this event. However, as the play progresses, a funny thing starts to happen: instead of relying on the actors to give up the truth, the words themselves become the highlight."
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Stage Buddy
December 1st, 2016

"The international cast have had their respective accents successfully neutralized by dialect coach Patricia Fletcher, but it is their otherness that provides a unique take on this English play...Director Martin has kept the production simple and bare. His precision with rhythm and restraint reveal someone who understands that adding too much to Pinter is reductive. There are no unnecessary flourishes here and the play is all the more powerful for it."
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T
December 3rd, 2016

"The show is fraught with deep emotional anguish that keeps us captivated for most of the time...At first, it is a challenge to get into the rhythm of the piece. There are many long pauses and awkward stares. The language is a bit archaic. But then the magic of theater happens and we become invested in the characters and what’s not being said is far more interesting than any spoken language...Brilliantly directed by Christopher Martin."
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