PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Betrayed — 007 Goes Backwards on Broadway

By Harry Haun
28 Oct 2013

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Weisz, who has an Oscar (for "The Constant Gardener") and a New York Film Critics Award (for "The Deep Blue Sea"), betrays her London stage chops with an assured Broadway bow, fitting in quite comfortably with the big guys with the better parts.

Spall, best-known over here as the writer in "Life of Pi," has obviously done London stage work as well, and it shows in the depth and humor he brings to the adulterer.

Essentially, this is a three-hander, but Pinter added an Italian waiter for a drunken Craig to vent on, and Stephen DeRosa delivers it in a subtle, self-effacing manner. You can see Nichols has taught him how to get a laugh by lightly removing Spall's scotch glass when it's obvious that he's joining Craig in a big wine-whine.

A full and famous house greeted the cast with a standing ovation for jobs well-done. Unfettered by red-carpet formalities and bulb-popping paparazzi, a steady stream of unmarked celebrities poured through two portals into the theatre. Caught quite glancingly in passing: Bruce Springsteen and pretty Patti Scialfa, Steven Spielberg, and Kate Capshaw, Julia Roberts, Candice Bergen, Liz Smith with Cynthia McFadden, writer Aaron Sorkin, director Gregory Mosher, Patricia Clarkson, director Stephen Daldry (dressed as if he'd come by bike, which, in his case, is possible), Ellen Barkin, The Post's Michael Riedel, Jujamcyn's Paul Libin, Ian McKellen scruffed up for his Broadway double-bill, Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter, director Sean Mathias, Bobby Cannavale, director-choreographer of Aladdin Casey Nicholaw, Pat Schoenfeld, Chris Matthews, Roger Friedman, Dick Cavett, Diane Sawyer and "Magic Mike" Nichols.

When they filed back out 90 stimulating minutes later, the rich and the famous huddled in front of the Barrymore for a freezing eternity till their respective cars arrived to whisk them away to the elaborate after-party at The Bowery Hotel.

After the show, Julie Andrews made her way through the crowded outer lobby to give a big hug to her first husband, designer-director Tony Walton, and his wife, Gen.

Before the show, a rather imposing woman with red hair and very large glasses swept grandly into the lobby and was greeted warmly by a cluster of comrades. When she passed, I asked one of them who that woman was, and she snapped back, "That's no woman. That's a lady... Lady Antonia Fraser!" (i.e., The Widow Pinter).

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Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz
Photo by Brigitte Lacombe