Restrained lust and deception simmer in another Synthetic Unlimited drama, “Betrayal,” which shows at The Stonehouse in Nevada City for six dates from Thursday (Sept. 19) to Sept. 29. This month, they return to the adult dramas with this dark relationship play by Nobel Prize-winning British author Harold Pinter.
“Betrayal” is a fascinating look at a complicated love triangle between a man, his wife and his best friend. This naturalistic modern drama moves backward in time, revealing more intricate deceptions with every scene.
Local theater director Jeffrey Mason has fashioned an elegant and restrained version of this classic play. As Mason notes, “To deceive is not only to trick and trap one’s partner — friend, spouse, lover — but also to dissolve even one’s own frame of reference. The deceiver is deceived; the betrayer is betrayed.”
Pinter’s spare and precise language keeps the audience as well as the characters guessing as to what lies beneath the words.
Tony- and Academy Award-winning director Mike Nichols revives “Betrayal” on Broadway as well this fall, starring real-life couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. Synthetic Unlimited presents this play just two weeks before the Broadway opening, starring producer/actors Jimmy McCammon and Grace Fae with Casey Burke. Set design by Elly award-winning Pamela Hodges, and a soundtrack by Brahms.
The Stonehouse will feature a specialty menu of English food to suit the play, and a full bar, starting at 6 p.m. Melissa Ramsey, winner of the Lady Day jazz vocalist award in Sacramento, opens with a free hour of vintage jazz tunes at 6:30 p.m. The play begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.syntheticunlimited.org, at BriarPatch Co-op, or by calling 1-888-95-SHOWS to buy and reserve tickets.
Performances are Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Sept. 26, Sept. 27, and Sept. 29.