Avoid the freezing temperatures and ‘sold out’ signs on Broadway!
The hottest thing about NYC right now is the ‘sexed up’ new production of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” — starring Daniel Craig, and the lovely Rachel Weisz.
INSTEAD — You can avoid those frigid temperatures and heat to a slow southern burn with South of Broadway Theatre and Flowertown Players local production of Betrayal. This is the second in the two companies’ “Next Stage” collaboration. No Exit was the first, and successful production of the partnership.
Betrayal tells the story of Robert and Emma, and their literary agent friend, Jerry, who falls head over proverbial heels for Emma. The couple carries on a years-long clandestine affair behind Robert’s back. The play originally premiered in London, and opened on Broadway in 1980, starring Raul Julia, Blythe Danner and Roy Scheider.
In this Charleston version Craig Trow and Kristen Kos play the pivotal lead roles of Jerry and Emma respectively, with Larry Perewiznyk rounding out the cast as the husband Robert. Trow was seen last year in the title role of Holy City Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Trow brings an authentic Bristish sensibility to the piece. Kristen Kos is well known from a string of sexy, strong, and ‘so-cool-she-steams’ leading ladies she has created at South of Broadway Theatre Company including: “Lee Krasner” in Season to Season,“Anna” in Burn This, and most recently as the bitchy hot lesbian, “Inez” in No Exit. Larry Perewiznyck, a regular on the Theatre 99 stage, trades in his funny-bone as the stoic husband Robert.
“In a way, Betrayal is a mystery, a thriller, but one in which you already know the outcome. The beauty in this is that you then can set aside the plot and really focus on the characters and how each word, action, and moment affects them. Pinter gives us so many layers, so many choices it is like watching an onion continuously being peeled apart and put back together again”, says director, JC Conway.
Flowertown’s Artistic Director, JC Conway, directs this half of “Next Stage” and SOBTC’s Artistic Director, Mark Gorman Directed “No Exit”. Each show is presented first as an intimate production in “the round” and experiences a transformation as it travels up to Summerville to be presented in the 200 seat James F. Dean proscenium stage. Each staging provides arresting changes and insights into Pinter’s popular script.
“Next Stage” is a joint endeavor by North Charleston’s Professional Theatre, South of Broadway Theatre Co., and Summerville’s Community Theatre, The Flowertown Players. The goal is to provide both audiences and actors the opportunity to experience powerful modern works presented by both professional and community actors in two different venues.
So skip the arctic temps and tickets scalped for as much $2,500 to see this “Affair to Remember” at your choice of theatres:
SOBTC: February 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22 at 8PM, February 16 at 3PM.
OR: Flowertown: February 27, 28, March 1,6, 7, 8 at 8pm, March 2 at 3pm.
All tickets are $18.00.