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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
0%
Members say
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)

80
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.

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.

Critic Reviews (4)

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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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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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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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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