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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just doing some new year's purging of magazines and came across a tribute to Mike Nichols in the October 2015 issue of Vanity Fair - the one with Zuckerberg on the cover. It's a lengthy article with plenty of photos and a lot of quotes from people who have worked with him during his career. Nothing from Daniel or Rachel, but there is one from Rafe:

RAFE SPALL (actor, who appeared in Nichols's staging of Betrayal):

He really, really wanted [the 2013 Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's] Betrayal to be a success. It was very important to him. And we got a bad review in the Times [by New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley], and it really upset him.

It's a funny thing for me because I come from a theater landscape where you get a great review in The Times [of London], a bad on in The Telegraph, and a medium one in the Evening Standard, and it's even. There's not one guy with a monopoly on whether something's good or not. It became-though it's been beaten out since - the highest-grossing Broadway straight play [for a single week] in history. But everyone was really upset by the Times review.

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I imagine that this left Daniel bitter and his vow not to return to Broadway because people are over 50 and tickets cost so much. I found that to be a really awful remark about Broadway. It was obviously Rudin, with the actors, who commanded the high ticket prices, and not many 20-somethings can afford tickets like that. The two go hand-in-hand. They could have sold those tickets at the onset for normal prices, but they didn't.

But it's a shame about the bad review. It was for one performance, and that night's performance was not their best of the run.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The real Pinter Betrayal story he made into a play.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3402510/My-affair-Harold-Pinter-tainted-Betrayal-new-book-broadcaster-recalls-trauma-seeing-secret-romance-turned-hit-play.html
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