When time deceives, in stories that run backward
“You have to listen like a hawk, and you are swimming in sort of an aquarium of uncertainty all the time.” The celebrated English director Maria Aitken is describing the 1978 Harold Pinter play “Betrayal,” which she’s helming for the Huntington Theatre Company. The play begins in 1977 and concludes in 1968, tracing its arc backward. Since “Betrayal,” we have become accustomed to reverse-chronology storytelling. Here are some notable examples in various media — in reverse order, of course.