Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Gene Abravaya

Subtlety is the name of the game in Pacific Alliance Stage Companyís Portrayal of Harold Pinterís Betrayal. This subtly written portrayal of a love triangle is so well performed by Tim Kniffin (Robert), Alexandra Matthew (Robertís wife Emma) and Michael Wiles (Robertís best friend Jerry) that you feel that youíve been allowed to view their lives through a secret door.

The story begins years after Robertís wife Emma ends her several year affair with Jerry and works backward to when the affair first began. There are no big emotional outbursts as each character figures out how they were betrayed. They all handle it very calm and intellectual. And this is what is most chilling about this drama, their lack of guilt and emotion spells out something ironically lifeless instead of the game of passionate affairs they pretend to play.

This drama could just as easily be called a comedy, because there are some very funny lines, and a strong need for comic relief runs especially rich through the many moments when the audience feels the embarrassment of the charactersí circumstances.

Though this play appears more straight forward than most of Pinterís work, it is equally powerful while being accessible to a wider audience.

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