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Play- satirizes ao u iiery , love
'Betrayal' shows Sunday-Tuesday at 0:2yp.m.
By SUZANNE TOWNSEND
Betrayal is a reverse (re)play of an adulterous love affair
where Jerry betrays Robert, his best friend, by having an af
fair with Emma, Robert's wife. In the first scene the affair is
over and just before the play's conclusion the affair begins.
The play has a hazed, melancholy mood interjected with
frequent spots of wit. Despite the inconsistent effect, the ac
ting is consistent, leaving no room for weak spots with either
" Who knows what is Betrayal's most curious factor. Emma
is betraying Robert, but later she is found out. While Robert
has been betraying Emma. At a hotel in Venice, during
Robert and Emma's vacation, it is publicly revealed that
Robert is aware of the affair. But it is still suggested that
perhaps he knew all the time.
Even the audience is left in suspense until the last scene,
not knowing the most curious factor what started the affair.
The first scene takes place in a pub with Emma and Jerry
.two years after their affair has ended. The last scene takes
place nine years later at a party hosted by. Robert and Em
ma, when a tipsy Jerry admits his desire for Emma which
leads to a very passionate communion.
Written by Harold Pinter, Betrayal is a fine parody with
terse dialogue. The play both utilizes and satirizes the
devices of the disloyal situation in its twisting plot. Pinter's
dialogue is very British, but the accents are effectively sug
gested rather than imitated. .
The setting is very soft close and suggestive. This is
necessary to achieve the intimate effect for the affairs.
Modular furniture is used, rearranged each scene, to sug
gest a significant function. The play is being performed in
the intimate and stark room 224 Carolina Union. The room
creates an informal atmosphere, making it easy for the au
dience to participate emotionally in the sad and funny pre
The play consists of three main and two walk-on
characters. The main members of the cast are active par
ticipants of Triangle theatre: Brian McNally (Jerry), a per
former at Chez Condoret cabaret and box office manager of
the Carolina Union; David Terrenoire (Robert), a cartoonist
and copywriter for the Record Bar; and Linda Wright (Emma)
assistant director, major production administrator for the
Carolina Union and artistic director for Chez Condoret.
Betrayal is an enjoyable piece of summer entertainment.
It is presented by the Carolina Union with three perfor
mances left, Sunday through Tuesday evenings at 8:30.
roadway press ' agent returns to direct 'Betrayal'
By SUZANNE TOWNSEND
Rumours have always said summer
school was easy, but few people would ad
mit to coming to UNC for a vacation as
Kevin Patterson. Patterson, an apprentice
press agent for theaters on and off-Broadway
in New York City, decided "to take a
few weeks vacation to come back and direct
three of the area's f inest actors."
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.. Patterson is directing Brian McNally,
David Terrenoire and Linda Wright in
Betrayal, an award-winning Broadway play
now being presented in the Carolina Union.
Patterson has-been to the Triangle area
before. "I graduated from Duke in 1977. I
was an English major," he said. "I left Duke
after doing another summer of summerstock
theater and I moved to California briefly for
about three months at which time I decided
California was not for me.
"When I got out to LA. I was offered a
job at Paramount Film Library, which was
actually a nice opportunity but I didn't like
LA. so I moved back to New York. I'm origi
nally from New Jersey." :
Patterson worked briefly for an advertis
ing agency and left that job to take a job
with Arthur Canter, a Broadway producer, as
an office assistant and assistant to the press
agent for On Golden Pond. The Broadway
production closed four months after it open
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"I then sent my resume and cover letter to
every producer and press agent in New York.
For somebody who likes to work and has a
deathly fear of unemployment, like myself, I
took the first job I was offered which is
where I am working now," Patterson said.
Patterson is employed with Solters, Ros
kin and Friedman. "If s a large entertainment
public relations firm" he said. "I'm very hap
py to be working there." He said their many
clients included Barbara Streisand, , Frank
Sinatra, The Muppets, and Cesear's Palace.
Along with working closely with a senior
agent in the firm, Patterson is in the second
year of his apprenticeship with the Associ
ation of Theatrical Press Agents and Man
agers. "Every company or production requires
the employment of a professional press
agent" he said. "As it is now, to become an
apprentice you must interview with the Ap
prentice Board, and you must work 20 weeks
a season for three years with your name on a
Broadway contract It is a very complicated
process: I don't know all the rules," Patter
Patterson is currently on contract with
42nd Street, the Tony Award-winning
' musical produced by David Merrick- Patter
son was active in Triangle theater a few
years back as a Duke undergraduate, having
directed such shows as Company, A Little
Nigkt Musk, Beyond the Fringe, and the
Cole Porter revue. In all, Patterson has work
ed on over 30 Broadway and off-Broadway
"The summer used to be a quiet time in
the Triangle area lazy, hazy days to enjoy
the sun and a cool drink," Patterson said.
"Now it's a busy and varied cultural time,
but some are free at the beginning of the
"The curtain time of Betrayal of 8:30 p.m.
lets you enjoy a relaxed meal and after
dinner drink, with enough time to get you to
the cool and intimate space in which we're
presenting Betrayal," he said.
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