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'Old Times' ★★★½
Harold Pinter's "Old Times" - a two-couch, three-actor play that's easy to produce but fiendishly difficult to produce well - is seen in Chicago frequently. Most productions are gauzy affairs that focus on the verbal games started by a well-dressed stranger from the past who arrives to disrupt a marriage. Yet director Kimberly Senior's very shrewd, fresh and beguiling new Strawdog Theatre Company production - which features actors who feel hungrier and are rather younger than is typical -- is much more interested in the possibilities of the present. That famous Pinter menace flows not from nostalgia but from the dangerous intimacy of what might happen right now. This is a very sexy production of a very sensual play, and it will have you on the edge of your seat.
Through Nov. 12 at Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway; $28 at 866-811-4111 or strawdog.org