Does it still resonate? That is the obvious question to ask about Patrick Marber’s play, which in seemed to reflect the sexual mores of the. From the archive: In this article, the Closer playwright talks about his days as a standup and how theatre is just ‘a stab in the dark’. Closer plot summary, character breakdowns, context and analysis, and performance video clips. Patrick Marber. Based on the Play/Book/Film. Category. Play.

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Read More dancers Performer. As ofthe play has been produced in more than a hundred cities in over thirty different languages around the world. If I had had time, I would have been involved.

Closer review – Patrick Marber’s play is as powerful and pertinent as ever

See all upcoming theatre performances. Read Beth’s review which expresses my opinion more eloquently than I could. Dan struggles with her; she spits in his face, and he throws her back on the bed, grabbing her neck. Closer has been described as a work that “gets under its audience’s skin, and But they’re supposed to be insufferable. They agree to meet at the Aquarium. Featured Jobs Near You. Show 25 25 50 All.

Just a warning, there is an immense amount of vulgarity and sex talk, but once you get past it’s roughness you see that it really was essential in shaping this show to the wonderful thing that it is. It speaks true about love and its subheadings of sex, monogamy, and commitment. I enjoyed this play for its realism, its courage, and its witty dialogue. Although no music is indicated in Marber’s script to specifically be used, different productions have often most commonly used classical music, like in the film version of Closer.


The characters are witty, the situations they get themselves into are mind-bending in an interesting way, and the dialogue is well-written, staccato and blunt in a way that must have felt challenging and ‘edgy’ in the s. Plays One and said, They’re all selfish, deceitful, conniving, and use sex to both enrich and destroy their lives. It’s an extremely cynical piece but one committed to its message, something I find so refreshing. Jan 22, Lillian rated it it was ok.

pstrick There’s little depth and too much pretension. Past that, the text is heavy with reflections on modern life and the alienating effects these approaches to love are prone to producing. It’s history on the stage contradicts this sharply. She asks Anna to take her photo, and when Dan has left, confronts her; Anna insists she is “not a thief” and snaps a photo of a tear-stricken Alice.

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Marber is good at acting like he does. You can’t trust the sexy blond woman in t I just didn’t enjoy this. At the girl’s prompting, he says his euphemism would be “reserved” and hers would be “disarming”.

It received its Paris premiere on 22 December at the Theatre Fontainein a production based on a French translation by Pierre Laville and directed by Patrice Kerbrat. National Unified Auditions New York. To summarise – I like the bite, I hate the cynicism, I love the filth. View all 4 comments. Very UK English language and slang and modern vulgarity come together to create a very sexual story about how four people’s lives come together and drift apart.


Places are evoked, not shown—benches instead of the front of a museum; a large photo instead of the entire showing. It has proved to be an international success, having been translated into thirty languages. He doesn’t follow them through. Patrick Albert Crispin Marber is an English comedian, playwright, director, puppeteer, actor and screenwriter. I know I can come across as rude.

She just wasn’t lucky enough to get it. Five out of five for sure! Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Gain full access to show guides, character breakdowns, auditions, monologues and more!

Marbrr went to Paris for six months and wrote novels that no one will ever see. Selected pages Title Page. And I really couldn’t care less that Alice died at the end.

Closer by Patrick Marber

Then Dan tells Alice that though he still loves her, he’s leaving her for Anna and that Anna is leaving Larry for him. Those who are passionate about veracity press each other to tell the complete truth, no matter the emotional pain caused by it—and the controlling irony of the situation is that though the truth clarifies, it does not bring together. Alice is knocked down by a car. Obviously, the marbr features some scenes cut from the film, and an altogether different ending. Jun 26, Clsoer rated it it was amazing.

When he was doing standup, was he thinking: