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Aurora Theatre presents dark drama about 'love'

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Anthony P. Rodriguez as Robert and Tess Malis Kinciad as "Emma" perform during the 60's-70's drama mystery play Betrayal at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville on Tuesday.

IF YOU GO

• What: “Betrayal”

• When: Today through Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

• Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville

• Cost: $16 to $30

• For more information: Visit www.auroratheatre...

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Anthony P. Rodriguez as "Robert" and Mark Kincaid as "Jerry" share a meal as waiter Adam Fiddler takes their requests during the performance of the 60's-70's drama mystery play Betrayal at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville on Tuesday.

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Mark Kincaid as "Jerry" and Tess Malis Kinciad as "Emma" perform during the 60's-70's drama mystery play Betrayal at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville on Tuesday.

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Tess Malis Kinciad as "Emma" and Mark Kincaid as "Jerry" share a moment during the performance of the 60's-70's drama mystery play Betrayal at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville on Tuesday.

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Tess Malis Kinciad as "Emma", Anthony P. Rodriguez as "Robert" and Mark Kincaid as "Jerry" perform during the 60's-70's drama mystery play Betrayal at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville on Tuesday.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Love can be a complicated thing, especially between friends.

For its second production of the season, the Aurora Theatre presents "Betrayal," a story about how mixed-up things can get over a matter of years.

"We have produced many of the 20th century's great playwrights, so it is high time we take on a modern classic from Harold Pinter," Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez said about selecting "Betrayal" as a part of Aurora's 17th season. "For our season ticket holders, we always try to offer a good balance of comedy, drama, new works and modern classics. We have two great new comedies coming up after the holidays. This play is an exquisitely written drama that audiences will adore."

Set in the '70s, the story follows the seven-year infidelity of married couple Emma (played by Tess Malis Kincaid) and Robert (Rodriguez) and their "close friend" Jerry (Mark Kincaid). Told in reverse chronology, this drama exposes the complications created from dishonesty and deception.

"It heartlessly shows that the very capacity for love itself is sometimes based not only on betraying loved ones, but even ourselves," according to the Aurora website.

Director Freddie Ashley believes the crowd should anticipate a dark story that is given personality by talented people.

"Great acting and great writing," he said. "It's a rare treat to see a masterwork brought to life by a powerful cast like this one. And it's the kind of play that will really get people talking."

Some of the audience wasn't sure what to think after watching the nine scenes.

"It was a little different," said Faye Pressley of Loganville.

Her friend Connie Wedincamp of Lawrenceville added, "But it was realistic. All in all, it was pretty good."

J. Sue James of Lawrenceville believes she'll be thinking about the play for the next few days.

"I knew it was a dark drama," she said. "I've been married for 48 years ... I know these things happen, but that type of deception, it was so sad. People don't like dramas because they speak to our darker side and when I go home, I'll think, 'Could someone deceive me for seven years?"'

But that is exactly what the playwright was going for, according to Ashley.

"This is my first Pinter play. What makes him one of the greatest playwrights of the last century is his spare and economic use of language," he said. "In Pinter's work, what is unsaid is often far more important than what is said. There may be only a few words in a single line, but there can be huge emotional punch."

The play is not suitable for younger viewers due to adult language and sexual situations. "Betrayal" runs for an hour and 10 minutes.