MEDIA & REVIEWS
Director Christopher Martin on the relevance of Pinter's work and Old Times.
The cast of Old Times in rehearsal, with an afterthought by Trudy Steibl.
Reviews & Extras
"Irish actor and producer Philip O’Gorman has endured the hustle of fundraising via Indiegogo for a production of Pinter’s Old Times with its international cast at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. But with Classic Stage Company founder, Pulitzer Prize nominee and Pinter enthusiast Christopher Martin directing, those famous Pinter pauses should be worth hanging onto. StageBuddy sat down with Philip and Christopher to discuss the particulars that linger in and outside the silence."
"The international cast, Irish (O’Gorman), Slovakian (Vizina) and Israeli (Shimshoni), have had their respective accents successfully neutralized by dialect coach Patricia Fletcher, but it is their otherness
that provides a unique take on this English play. O'Gorman as Deeley is
commanding and when it is called for, playful with the dialogue. Shimshoni as Anna is both graceful and piercing, while Vizina as Kate inhabits her silences with affecting menace."
"See it if you like thought provoking, visceral, riveting plays full of beautiful language, and if want to hear and see Pinter done properly."
"I applaud The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory’s production of Old Times by Harold Pinter. The show is fraught with deep emotional anguish that keeps us captivated for most of the time... Brilliantly directed by [Christopher] Martin. He doesn’t miss an ounce of the dramatic tension in the play and helps bring it to life! [If] you want bells and whistles, [don't] go see this play. But if you desire subtle, nuanced performances given by true craftsmen, then you’ll enjoy Old Times."
"Director Christopher Martin, aided by three excellent and attractive actors, has captured the essential Pinter in this stripped-down, minimalist, white-room set at the Alchemical Theater Laboratory. The play is all talk and no action yet because of the tension created by these convincing actors we are sucked into their world and forced to think about what is really going on. Isn’t that what we’re doing in life?"
Videography courtesy George Port.
"Besides guiding these engaging performances, director Christopher Martin has meticulously staged the action on the arresting minimalist set that he designed...
Mr. Martin’s ingenuity in the fields of direction and design is faithful to the author’s intentions and most crucially is revelatory without heavy-handed conceptual distractions. Martin’s strategic casting liberates the production from the predictability of it being very English."