Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize in literature, which is way impressive. As a writer he managed to write silences into his plays which were filled with meaning, and forced actors to plumb the text for meanings by having them say the same lines several times. It makes for quite a challenge--one met magnificently by the latest production of Betrayal by Santa Monica's CityGarage.
Frankly, been looking forward to this ever since they announced it on the schedule and even more when I read the cast.
Essentially, the play tells the story of an affair. Emma (Angela Beyer) is married to book publisher Robert (David E. Frank) but had/has had a long term affair with his best friend Jerry (Troy Dunn). If this sounds a little too straightforward, even mundane for Pinter, never you worry. What follows is a sometimes scorching, sometimes hilarious, always intriguing exploration of human relations. Aiding in all this is how the scenes generally (but not quite always) proceed in reverse chronological order, namely starting with a meeting years after the affair has ended and ending with the scene in which that new relationship was truly born. Helping all this is a a character known simply as the Waiter (Gifford Irving) who wanders around the scenes in which his character does not appear simply to tell the audience when what follows happens.