ACT introduces ‘Old Times’ to ToledoWritten by Guest Author | | GuestAuthor@toledofreepress.com
By Chase Will
On Feb. 22, there will be an 8 p.m. reading of Harold Pinter’s “Old Times” at the Mansion View Inn, 2035 Collingwood Blvd. The play is directed by Jennifer Rockwood of the University of Toledo’s Department of Theater and Film.
The show focuses on the communication problems of Kate and Deeley, a married couple in their early 40s. A love triangle begins when Kate’s former roommate Anna visits, and as each character shares stories of their younger days, they discover not all memories are based in reality.
“It’s about communication and perspective, two things I like to direct plays about,” said Rockwood. “It’s kind of heavy and dense, but funny. We talk a lot in life, but don’t really say anything. We’re more real when we’re quiet.”
This reading is unique because of the close proximity between the actors and their audience, which creates a level of intimacy uncommon to larger productions, Rockwood said. Since the play takes place in a farmhouse, the venue also adds to its realistic nature.
“‘Old Times’ is a beautiful and subtle show,” said John DuVall, who plays Deeley. “Pinter is a contemporary classic that needs to be reintroduced to younger generations of theater-goers who may not be familiar with him and his brilliance.”
This reading is one in a series produced by Actors Collaborative Toledo (ACT), a group dedicated to sharing theatrical productions that may otherwise not be produced in the area. DuVall is a founding member of ACT, and has acted in previous shows directed by Rockwood.
Future ACT productions are “The Merry Regiment of Women,” which will be performed at UT for Women’s History Month and “Doubt” at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Ticket cost is $10, and all proceeds will benefit ACT. A cash wine bar will be available. Seating is limited. For more details on “Old Times” and ACT, visit the organization’s Facebook page or call (419) 381-8681.
Tags: ACT productions, Actors Collaborative Toledo (ACT), Doubt, Harold Pinter, Mansion View Inn, Old Times, The Merry Regiment of Women, Trinity Episcopal Church, University of Toledo's Department of Theater and Film, Women’s History Month