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What Is the Story of Betrayal?
Betrayal explores the evolving relationships between three people: Robert, a book publisher; Emma, his wife; and Jerry, a literary agent and Robert’s best friend. Jerry, who was the best man at the couple’s wedding, falls head over heels for Emma at a party, and unbeknownst to Robert (at first), the pair carry on an illicit affair right under his nose. The lovers rent a separate apartment and see each other in the afternoons, even though they are both married with kids (Judith, Jerry’s wife, is never seen in the course of the play). Throughout the next seven years, Emma and Jerry discover they, too, are being deceived, and after the excitement of being in love wears away, they must grapple with the aftermath.
[Rafe] Spall is, of course, much lesser known than his A-list co-stars, but it is Spall who runs off with the show at its crucial junctures, an imbalance that strikes me as perfect for 'Betrayal,' and, frankly, very much to the credit of these actors.Review by Chris Jones from The Chicago Tribune
Liquor is the lubrication that keeps each participant from going on a table-flipping screaming rant or utterly collapsing. [Mike] Nichols proves once again—as if anyone needed it—that he is brilliant at stripping away everything that is not the meaning of the play.Review by Mark Kennedy from Associated Press
What Is Betrayal Like?
Told in reverse chronological order, Betrayal begins with Emma and Jerry’s last meeting at a bar, working backward in time to the first time Jerry professes his love to Emma. Under the precise direction of 10-time Tony winner Mike Nichols, elaborate set pieces float on and offstage in lyrical, choreographed sequences between scenes. Real-life movie star spouses Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz are joined by Rafe Spall as Jerry, the man who comes between them, in this high-profile revival of Harold Pinter's 1978 memory play. Clocking in at 75 minutes with no intermission, Betrayal is a short but stirring evening at the theater.
Is Betrayal Good For Kids?
No. Betrayal explores the ins and outs of adultery, featuring a brief sex scene and some harsh language. Older teens, especially those who have read Harold Pinter’s plays, may enjoy the production.