|Gregory Isaac & Jered McLenigan|
The Lantern Theater Company, located in the theatre of St. Stephen’s Church at 10th and Ludlow Streets, is presenting Harold Pinter’s unique, muli-layered, and astounding Betrayal through February 17, 2019. Told in reverse chronological order, the saga begins in 1977 and ends in 1968. In the beginning of all four scenes of each act, super titles are displayed on the wall, denoting date and location. At first glance, the betrayal appears to be that of a wife betraying her husband. Upon closer look, so cleverly has Pinter written this play, it appears that a case can be made for each of the characters betraying one another. Pinteresque plays have been noted for their understatement in character’s speech. With this in mind, the audience shouldn’t be too surprised at the lack of emotion displayed in what might otherwise seem to be characters’ indifference. Despite this, the acting is first-rate. Genviève Perrier, (Emma) plays the innocent with her husband, but lathers up a face full of tears as she confesses her betrayal. Gregory Isaac (Robert) is stoic throughout, speaking only in clipped tones to express his displeasure both with his wife and his best friend Jerry. Jered McLenigan (Jerry) is concerned with himself foremost, professing his love for Emma but never taking the relationship out of their rented flat. For more information or tickets for this distinctive presentation, call 215-829-0395 or visit online at www.lanterntheater.org.