Review Roundup: BETRAYAL Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
Tonight's the night as Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Rafe Spall open on Broadway in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, directed by ten-time Tony Award-winner Mike Nichols at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The highly-anticipated production is a strictly limited engagement, running 14 weeks only, through January 5, 2014.
Let's see what the critics had to say...
Ben Brantley, The New York Times: "A respectable stage actor before he became 007, [Craig] brings the same fierce intensity to talking that he does to zipping across moving trains and zapping supervillains. Not that such overt intensity is exactly what "Betrayal" asks for, but never mind. As for Ms. Weisz, she looks smashing. And let me add that she, Mr. Craig and Mr. Spall seem to be having the kind of rowdy old time you associate with moldy British sex farces, though that's a genre in which I would never before have thought to include "Betrayal...this is not a "Betrayal" to leave you brooding and melancholy about our capacity to wound one another and to reach out, hopelessly and heroically, for a sustenance in others that they can never provide...this is a sexed-up "Betrayal," which is not the same as a sexy "Betrayal." All those contradictory, fleeting, haunting shades of thought that you expect to see playing on the features of Pinter's characters are nowhere in evidence. Instead, Robert, Emma and Jerry make up the rowdiest, most extroverted sexual triangle since Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds and Gene Hackman caterwauled their way through the ill-fated film "Lucky Lady" in 1975."
David Cote, Time Out New York: "It was a troubled marriage from the start, but no one knew. Old hand Mike Nichols, who did such magnificent work on Death of a Salesman,seemed a sound choice to direct the starry Broadway revival of Pinter's 1978 play about infidelity. Daniel Craig hadn't shrunken a bit from his years in front of the camera as Agent 007; he was even able to electrify vastly inferior stage material in 2009's cop melodrama A Steady Rain.And Craig wasn't acting in a vacuum: Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall are both appealing performers. The drama itself, while of its time, is not essentially dated. It's simply that no one got the tone right."
Marilyn Stasio, Variety: "Anyone who shelled out the big bucks to see James Bond in the flesh will get more than they bargained for in Mike Nichols' impeccable revival of "Betrayal." They'll be getting a powerful performance fromDaniel Craig, a movie star who still has his stage legs. Rachel Weisz, Craig's wife in the real world, and Rafe Spall, both superb, claim much of the stage time as the adulterous lovers in this enigmatic 1978 play that Harold Pinter based on one of his own extramarital affairs. But it's the smoldering Craig, as the cuckolded husband, whose brooding presence is overpowering. "
Robert Hofler, The Wrap: "Weisz and Spall are so charming and engaging throughout that a palpable sadness settles over the Barrymore Theatre late in the play when we see them so physically and romantically engaged in the flat they've rented...It's a marvel of acting to watch Craig slowly bring the subtext of raging anger to the fore in scene after scene as Spall and Weisz effectively react with knowing silence..."