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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He’s a brilliant writer and I can’t get enough of this piece. Closer is one of my new favorite plays. Marbe is the second play by British playwright Patrick Marber.

I told him he’d given me a book some twenty years ago and that it had been more than useful. Selected pages Title Page.

Closer by Patrick Marber

There’s no scenes of hurt, betrayal, anything. My Life with Frank Zappa Part of his shtick was ultra-concise impressions, Dustin Hoffman and Kenneth Williams in a syllable. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Meanwhile, Dan convinces Anna to carry on an affair with him.

Liked it a lot, with the exception of the ending. I’m a sucker for a good play. But these elements blend with melodramatic plot twists—the four characters switch partners frequently, and their emotional statuses constantly fluctuate between high and low, in a series of reversals that build toward increasing tension. The message is bleak and grim, but it’s supposed to be. The play had its premiere on 22 November in Jezerka Theatre, in Prague. Though evocative of real happenings, the lack of physical detail in setting is meant to balance the verbal excess.


Rachel Redford, a relative newcomer, is also magnetic as the mysterious Alice: Mar 06, Melanie rated it liked it. It sounds like the basis for French farce, but the approach is very chilly, very English.

Trying to be edgy. View all 4 comments. Closer Patrick Marber Snippet view – Closer does not merely hold your attention; it burrows into you. May 24, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: Eventually, I gave up on it at the same time as the love of my life gave up on me. While reading CloserI didn’t feel like I was watching a burning indictment of love and intimacy and sex. Closer Patrick Marber Limited preview – Sep 05, Ceilidh rated it really liked it. InMarber adapted the play for a film of the same title.

A young man, Dan, takes a young woman to hospital after she has been hit by a taxi; they flirt as they wait for the doctor to attend to her bloodied knee. Marber is especially, even excessively, hard on men who are seen as barely capable of making a total emotional commitment: It has since been produced in countries all around the world.

Read the whole book with the exception of the first Scene in one night.

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

She needed someone to be there for her. In fact, we drank a fair amount of white wine together.

Anna catches on and explains that it was probably Dan playing a practical joke on him. The best indication I can give of my approval is that I would love plau attend a performance of this work.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, read it.

For me, there’s nothing like a good character study jam-packed with plenty of human closfr and heartache. Very much a play of its time especially the rise of the In-Yer-Face theatrical movement of the 90s but still fresh and interesting today. Plays One and said, “You’d better have this then”. Closer is being hailed as one of the best new plays of the nineties, and as the London Observer noted, it “has wired itself into the cultural vocabulary in a way that few plays have ever done.


She declines, but we later learn she does go home with him after all. Nov 30, Felipe patgick it really liked it Shelves: It’s about four souls constantly disconnecting, or misconnecting with one another. This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat They are meeting because Alice has died the night before in New York, having been hit by a car while crossing the street. No, he hammers the point home with such tell-don’t-show voracity that, yes, it was convincing.

Here, to me, it just felt like the eleven-year-old who thinks he’s hard core because he uses the F-word.

That was sort of like reading something of Sotos’. So we discussed the play in an adult fashion, director to play-wright. There’s a lot of loaded comments about art, what people want from art, how art is nothing but a Big Fat Lie. Write something that might survive.

If I had had time, I would have been involved. They have an argument over Alice’s presentiment that Dan will leave her. Alice, devastated, disappears from Dan’s life and goes back to stripping, going marbwr the name Jane. Feb 15, Trish rated it really liked it Shelves: