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“The Lover” – Anna Emily Wood and Dan Patrick Brady Photo by: TwoIntimate.com

'Two Intimate' brings Eugene O'Brien and Harold Pinter's character to New York stage

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“The Lover” – Anna Emily Wood and Dan Patrick Brady Photo by: TwoIntimate.com

A Double-bill, entitled "Two Intimate” featuring a revival of Dubliner Eugene O'Brien’s "Eden" as well as "The Lover" by Harold Pinter, will begin a run later this week at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre at Abingdon Theatre Complex.

"Eden" premiered at the Abbey Theatre in 2000 and won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2003. The play had its New York premiere in 2004 at Irish Repertory Theater, and depicts one weekend during the marriage of an Irish couple who haven't been intimate in years.

Breda has dropped some of the weight that's always troubled her and intends to sweep her husband, Billy, off his feet. Billy on the other hand is fixated on the nubile daughter of their friends, Imelda. He plans to resurrect his self-image by gaining Imelda’s attention. As they exchange monologues, the audience experiences the differing perceptions of the two protagonists.

In a very unique idea proposed by actor Dan Patrick Brady, men will sit on one side of the house and women will sit on the other, in the hopes that the seating plan will accentuate the psychology of married couples toward infidelity.

"The Lover" is Pinter's 1962 play in which a refined suburban couple invigorates their empty and sterile marriage by a dangerous game of role-playing infidelity. At first, it seems there are three characters in the play; the wife, Sarah, her husband, Richard, and her lover, Max. However, Max is ultimately revealed to be the husband, posing as the interloper. It's a smooth arrangement until the husband, first as the lover, then as himself, tries to stop the game. In the Pinter tradition, this piece is both a cheeky comedy as well as a dark introspective drama.

Each piece explores the psychological dance of marriage and intimacy. In "Eden," Breda is wounded by Billy's neglect and Billy uses temptation as a means of escape from her. "The Lover" presents the more complex problem of a couple who cannot communicate, emotionally or sexually, outside of their ritual game.

Cat on My Head Productions, LLC will present "Two Intimate" May 24 to June 9, 2012 at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre at Abingdon Theatre Complex. For more information please visit www.twointimate.com

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