Review

Pinter's story, told in reverse, still drives us

Mar 14 2007
Jack Zink | Sun-Sentinel

Palm Beach Dramaworks gets a solid workout from a small ensemble for its disquieting revival of Betrayal, the backward-told tale of marital infidelity. ...the drama presents a challenge for actors grappling with Pinter's often-cryptic dialogue, reserved drama and romance in reverse, from indifference to lust. Director J. Barry Lewis made unusual casting choices for the men that pay off unexpectedly well. Todd Allen Durkin, stereotyped as manic throughout much of his South Florida acting career, channels that energy into an affecting pas de deux with Margery Lowe as illicit lovers Jerry and Emma. Michael St. Pierre is her husband, Robert, whose seemingly blasé acceptance of an untenable triangle may be traced to his own entanglements. Lewis and his cast provide an engaging romantic drama while Dramaworks' design team once again excels in the troupe's tiny space. Michael Amico's set is a spare rendition of trendy architecture... A parson's table, credenza and a few stools morph from bedroom to living room to pub to study. Erin Amico's costumes complement the surroundings, ranging from formal business attire to casual chic. As romantic drama, Pinter's Betrayal is much like a dry white wine -- which, the rare Dramaworks production reminds us, has its own tart appeal.