Damiensta said: "Saw this tonite. Count me in the love love column. I was afraid before hand Bc previous experience with Pinther was that dreadful “Old Times” from Roundabout.the empty set, the acting , direction were exceptional. The 90 min flew by.The orchestra was full tonite. Wouldn’t be surprised that once reviews come in that it will be hard tix to get.Also all three actors were equal footing. No one was better than the other.i even enjoyed the small part of waiter.I know there is separate seating thread , but I will like to point out that even though I was in center orchestra. The action takes center stage. In first act the right side might miss actor standing in the back. But besides that I don’t think even with partial view you miss much. I’m wondering if the reblock after first preview ."Saw this the other night and have to agree. I thought the show was fabulous! Got my tickets through TDF, mezzanine row D. Great view. Didn’t go to stage door.
Saw last night's performance. I had read this play, although I was very familiar with the concept and characters, but it was really clever and poignant and witty. All four actors were exceptional, even the waiter got some great moments out of only a few minutes onstage.
If anyone is interested, before or after attending, a nice write-up:Tom Hiddleston on ‘Betrayal’ and the Art of Self-Protection (NYT)
I saw the first performance last Wednesday. I saw the Daniel Craig version a few years ago, and was incredibly bored but this production drew me in right away. Perhaps because I appreciate Pinter's economy with words, the spare dialogue appeals to me. I thought the entire cast was, perhaps, a little too youthful for what is a middle age regrets/remembrances story. I see this as a retrospective from the end looking back: the older characters remembering what happened to them but unable to become those younger selves.I thought Ashton was the weakest, lacking the self-protective guile and flashes of anger. I thought Cox was brilliant: Jerry is central to most of the scenes, and is the one most manipulated by the tensions in the marriage between Emma and Robert. But I found Hiddleston heartbreaking. Craig played Robert very cold, manipulative, edgy. Hiddleston showed you how much of his toughness was an act, and there is one moment in the entire play that I will never forget. No spoilers but it said more about Robert in one wordless image than I ever could have imagined. Robert is, after all, the victim who plays along, trying not to lose the two people he loves just because they love each other more.
Anyone know who sings the cover of "Enjoy the Silence" they use (very well, I thought) in the back half of the production?Anyway, saw this last night and loved it -- all three really seem to be firing on all cylinders. Plenty of empty seats along the sides in the Orchestra for an early Wed. curtain. Didn't stick around to see the madhouse of stagedoor.
I really liked it a lot and would consider seeing it again. Tom Hiddleston as Robert is a wonderful stage presence and delivered the profound sadness of the story so palpably, which is the feeling that is present but not I believe directly expressed in the text, which I now want to read. Charlie Cox as Jerry was great up against him, just as strong with a wholly different energy, much more forthright. I found Zawe Ashton fine as Emma, she holds her own with two great actors, but I thought there was sometimes-retro read on the character of the woman in the story, I'd like to see it minus the occasional arch or bitter line reading, which diminish her a bit.(A full house for the Saturday matinee. I got good Row C Mezzanine seats half price at the South Street TKTS where you can buy Sat matinee tickets on Friday afternoon.)
Any member reviews or comments out there to update us on how things are going with the show and it’s performances? Is this a Don’t Miss This Whatever You Do type of play? And are there merchandise stands in the theatre with window cards, etc.?
I am seeing this tonight and am excited! Any new reports on the stage door? Are they still not doing photos with the actors? Still blocking off access to people who didn't see the show?
TheaterGeek said: "I am seeing this tonight and am excited! Any new reports on the stage door? Are they still not doing photos with the actors? Still blocking off access to people who didn't see the show?"I saw this about two weeks ago and they didn't check tickets. We were on the barrier on the right-side - we got out quite late and this side was very empty so we were in the front, while the left was crowded. But they signed on both sides. No selfies but they were very engaged and chatted a bit. Charlie Cox was even like "They won't let us take selfies but you can take a picture of me signing!" and posed (for a man next to me). Great stage door experience!
I saw Come From Away last Saturday night (very chill stage door, and the cast is always so lovely).I walked past Betrayal on my way back, and it looked like there were 4 or 5 people deep all the way around the barricade! I really enjoyed Charlie Cox in Daredevil, but even if I *had* gotten to see Betrayal this trip, I don't think I personally could do a stage door that was so busy.
Kea4 said: "TheaterGeek said: "I am seeing this tonight and am excited! Any new reports on the stage door? Are they still not doing photos with the actors? Still blocking off access to people who didn't see the show?"I saw this about two weeks ago and they didn't check tickets. We were on the barrier on the right-side - we got out quite late and this side was very empty so we were in the front,while the left was crowded. But they signed on both sides. No selfiesbut they were very engaged and chatted a bit.Charlie Cox was even like "They won't let us take selfies but you can take a picture of me signing!" and posed (for a man next to me). Great stage door experience!" They don’t check tickets once the show lets out. They only check tickets when people arrive before the show lets out, so as to give priority to people who have actually seen the show (even if it was on a different day). The people who don’t show a ticket or program are told to stand behind a separate barrier behind the other one. If you do show them a ticket or program, they let you have a spot right up front at the main barricade where the actors sign.
AllThatJazz2 said: "Are they coming out to sign at all for the matinees, or only evening performances?"They didn't come out to sign after yesterday's matinee.
Won the lotto last night ($40) and ended up in Row B of the Front Mezz, towards the far end of the row. Missed a few things on stage right, but overall it was a solid view. I agree with whatever poster mentioned that the set designer should have adjusted the stage, though -- any further than where I was and your view is certain to be obstructed. Really can't be that hard to cut back the black walls on the sides of the stage, which are the primary issue. Overall, I really enjoyed the performances and thought it had some fantastic staging moments (truly one of the most effective uses of a turn-table I've seen on Broadway in a while). I'm a big Marvel fan, so I had somewhat forgotten Hiddleston/Cox's actual acting abilities. It was wonderful to see Hiddleston getting to do something different, and I thought he gave a fantastic performance. To my personal surprise, however, Cox was by far my favorite performance. I especially appreciated him in the first/second scenes. Ashton was very solid but was definitely missing something, though I'm not yet sure what. I do agree with those who say the play itself was missing something. It wasn't the language that was too sparse, but maybe the plot itself? Personally I wished there was one more scene following the final one; I wanted to see more of the three characters' dynamics before it was affected by the affair. The ending as it stands, while brilliantly staged (that turn-table moment!), left me unsatisfied in terms of story. Regardless, I would highly suggest attending. The 90 minute run-time (which was actually closer to 100), flew by and the entire audience was completely engrossed. The performances alone make the show worth it, and fans of Pinter's work will certainly appreciate it.
I saw this play recently as well and after the show talked to friends who have seen the production a few years ago with Daniel Craig/Rachel Weisz and they definitely preferred this production. One friend who saw the production with Liev Schreiber back 19 years ago told me Liev was the best Jerry he had ever seen. To me, Charlie Cox and Zawe Ashton were the standouts though all three were amazing. If time permits I hope to watch this play again before it closes as I'm sure the trio's chemistry will be even better!So I started watching the movie yesterday but somehow just couldn't get into it. Not sure why. I definitely preferred watching this production moreso than the movie (even though I'm a Jeremy Irons fan!)
spikethebunny said: "Saw this on Broadway Flea day (so there was no stage door that day). Thoroughly enjoyed it and the time just flew. I loved the bare stage and the direction of always having all three actors on stage. The acting was phenomenal by all three. It’s one of those shows I’m glad I saw, but don’t really need to see again.Seating wise, I purchased last row of the mezz, last seat on the side at the box office, but was moved up to row d of the mezz (about five seats from the side) when I entered the theatre. I saw them moving some people from the back of the mezz to the front. I guess they wanted to fill the front a bit more. My new view was phenomenal and I missed nothing."I saw it on Flea Market Day also and was disappointed, but makes sense, they didn't stagedoor. I was sitting in D7 ($25) and really didn't have obstructed view for the most part. Do not buy D9. The girl next to me had a lot of scenes obstructed. For those who have seen the show, during the second scene, is Tom on stage? That would have been the only scene I didn't see everybody. Which it is easily fixable to move him over.
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