Alchemical Theatre Laboratory presents a deliberately spare interpretation of Harold Pinter's suspenseful drama, directed and designed by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Christopher Martin. More…
In 'Old Times,' Anna visits her old friend Kate at the converted farmhouse she shares with her husband Deeley somewhere on the English coast. Anna has never met Deeley. Or has she? Twenty years have passed since the two women last saw one another, and the rivalry between Anna and Deeley soon ignites a dangerous game, the presumed prize being Kate. In this production, the staging is as minimalist as the language, and silence is as powerful as dialogue.
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if You like thought-provoking and engaging plays. The acting is superb, and you'll walk away consumed with the intricacies of the plot.
Don't see it if You are averse to intimate theater experiences and are looking for a light and fluffy musical.
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