(Dowd’s article appeared in The New York Times, 11/2.)

I ASKED Mike Nichols, the director of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” on Broadway, why love triangles have such a mythic hold on the imagination.

“We’re born in a triangle,” he said about parents and a newborn. “That’s the most important one, the triangle that determines who we are, the one that affects the other triangles that you get into in your life. It’s all about that first triangle, what it gives you and what it takes away from you.”

The affair in “Betrayal” takes place from 1968 to 1975, but it feels like a quaint, distant world.


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