A lingering betrayal plays out

By Shian Samuel

“Betrayal,” directed by Robert Gilbert and written by Nobel
Prize winning author Harold Pinter, is set in 1970s England and
Italy and centers on three main characters: a husband, his cheating
wife and the husband’s best friend who she is having the affair
with.

Instead of going forward in time, the story goes backwards. The
audience is able to see the result of the betrayals in the first
scene.

This technique allowed the audience to try and figure out how
and where the betrayal started.

Besides the wonderful acting that would cause laughter in one
scene and tension in the next, audience members noticed differences
in this set compared to sets in past plays.

“I like the set,” said Andrea Lopez, a first-year theatre
student. “The rippling in the wood [and] the sharpness in the
angles make the set different.”

Set Designer Abigail Bauer, a third-year theatre student,
revealed that she wanted the set to relate to “stained
relationships” and Bauer mentioned the set is designed to show
exactly how the characters feel.

“It’s not a happy story,” said Bauer. “All of these people are
lonely.”

The big pieces of set never moved and were used as different
places in time, such as an apartment, a flat, and a restaurant.

Scenic Artist An Do, a fourth-year theatre student, also
believed the set should make the audience feel emotion.

“Blue, white and grey suggests a sense of sadness, and texture
proposes the fallen apart marriage of the characters,” said Do.

Roses dying on a table symbolized that betrayal troubles the
heart and never does win in love.

The actors emerge from dimly-lit areas and a hallway as if their
characters’ lies were hidden in the dark, hinting to the audience
not to trust what was about to be said.

The actors did an excellent job portraying characters from
England and Italy and perfected their accents after working with
voice coaches.

An Italian accent is brilliantly done by third-year theatre
student, Jorge Flores, who played the waiter.

The director, Gilbert had previously worked at Cal Poly Pomona,
but retired in 2001. Before former theater professor and long-time
friend Bill Morris had passed away this past summer, he had asked
Gilbert to direct again.

Performances of “Betrayal” continue this week in building 24 in
the Studio Theatre Nov. 4, 5 and 6. Tickets are $10.

A lingering betrayal plays out

Daniel Nguyen/The Poly Post

A lingering betrayal plays out

A lingering betrayal plays out

Daniel Nguyen/The Poly Post

A lingering betrayal plays out

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