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click to enlarge Sam Guinan-Nyhart and Abigail Boucher

Sam Guinan-Nyhart and Abigail Boucher

Dean La Prairie

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 17 2016
Price: $46, $41 seniors ($3 discount if ordered online)
Director Lauren Shouse's well-paced, astutely observed staging of Harold Pinter's 1978 semiautobiographical play makes manifest just how inconsequential the work is, at least in comparison to Pinter's other dramas. Unspooling backward in time over nine years, it focuses on a trio of tortured cultural elites betraying one another in various ways. Emma (Abigail Boucher) has an affair with Jerry (Sam Guinan-Nyhart), best friend of her husband, Robert (Keith Neagle)—meaning Emma betrays her husband, Jerry betrays his wife and his best friend, and Emma betrays Jerry by confessing the affair to her husband behind Jerry's back. Shouse's cast has a solid grasp on Pinter's sublimated drama, with everything played excruciatingly close to the vest. Although there's little at stake beyond some terribly hurt feelings, fine performances make for a compelling, convincing 75 minutes. —Justin Hayford

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