This Week on Broadway for September 15, 2019: Betrayal

Jena Tesse Fox, Peter Filichia, and James Marino talk about Betrayal, Derren Brown: Secret, The Huntington Theatre Company’s world premiere of The Purists, and Red Bull Theater presents American Moor @ Cherry Lane Theatre


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PF + JF + JM: Betrayal by Harold Pinter @ Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street, through December 8, 2019

Directed by Jamie Lloyd, Betrayal stars Golden Globe, Olivier, and Evening Standard Award winner Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox, all making their Broadway debuts as Robert, Jerry, and Emmy, respectively. They are joined by Eddie Arnold as the Waiter.

This production formed the culmination of Pinter at the Pinter, an unprecedented London season of Harold Pinter’s work taking place over the 2018/19 season. This mammoth project consisted of over thirty pieces including all one-act plays by the most important playwright of the 20th century. Marking the tenth anniversary of Pinter’s death, Betrayal played in the West End theater that bears his name, breaking all box office records.

With poetic precision, rich humor, and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. The complexities of the human heart are explored in this, “the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter’s plays” (The Telegraph).

The creative team for Betrayal includes scenic and costume design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Jon Clark, and sound design and music by Ben and Max Ringham. Casting is by Jim Carnahan, CSA.

The Jamie Lloyd Company production of Betrayal is produced on Broadway by Ambassador Theatre Group, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Glass Half Full Productions, and Gavin Kalin Productions.


JF: Derren Brown: Secret @ Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street, through January 4, 2020

Derren Brown: Secret. From stage to screen, two-time Olivier Award winner Derren Brown has mesmerized millions worldwide with his unique brand of mind reading, persuasion, and psychological illusion. Now, after a sold-out critically acclaimed run off-Broadway, Derren Brown: Secret returns with a spellbinding experience that dares us — in the most jaw-dropping way — to take a closer look at the stories and beliefs that guide our lives. Derren Brown: Secret is written by Andy Nyman, Derren Brown and Andrew O’Connor and is directed by Andrew O’Connor and Andy Nyman.

The production had its world premiere in 2017, where the acclaimed British performer and author played to sold-out houses at Atlantic Theater Company, and went on to win the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. In the UK, Derren Brown’s critically acclaimed shows have played sold out runs in the West End and have been awarded two Olivier Awards.

Derren Brown: Secret is produced by J.J. Abrams, Thomas Kail, and Jeffrey Seller


PF: The Huntington Theatre Company’s world premiere of The Purists @ South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA: 527 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116

Written by Dan McCabe
Directed by Billy Porter

The Huntington Theatre Company’s world premiere of Dan McCabe’s The Purists, which is directed by Tony winner and Emmy nominee Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, Pose), officially opens at the South End/Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA September 11 following previews that began August 30.

Seating at select performances of The Purists is limited, but seats are released every day for sale. Please call Ticketing Services at 617 266 0800 to learn about our Advanced Wait List and be upgraded to a seat automatically when it becomes available.
A thrilling world premiere by an exciting new voice, The Purists brings Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, “Pose” on FX) to the Huntington to direct this soaring new play by Dan McCabe. A former rapper, a DJ, and a showtunes-loving telesales director have become an unlikely group who hang out and spar about music on a stoop in Queens. But when an impromptu rap battle erupts between two younger female emcees, everything gets questioned. With raw emotion and uproarious humor, The Purists asks, what is friendship? How can we embrace new ideas? And what does it mean to be wholly yourself?

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JF: Red Bull Theater presents American Moor @ Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, through October 5, 2019
Written and Performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb
Directed by Kim Weild
Featuring Josh Tyson








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