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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Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Veering between witty and heartbreaking, Closer analyses the human relationships and how something so intimate and beautiful as sex and love can ultimately be as destructive and painful as hate.
Closer review – Patrick Marber’s play is as powerful and pertinent as ever | Stage | The Guardian
Great dialogue and the kind of deplorable characters you love to hate. Grim and twisty, if not especially deep. She married a poet, having fallen in love with him without ever having met him by reading his book of poems called Solitude. But there are some exceptional lines eg when the heart is likened to a fist. Oliver Chris as Dan suggests a man conscious of his own inadequacies as a writer and of his capacity to destroy any potentially happy relationship.
The sheer amount of irony and edge, playing off the literal bite of the verbal wars going on here, means the work glories in bitterness and pessimism, but it would be a mistake to read a pessimistic message into this kind of work. 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. I enjoyed this play for its realism, its courage, and its witty dialogue. Certain performers from his days writing television comedy grumble about feeling patronised and alienated.
Jan 4 – Jan He’s a brilliant writer and I can’t get enough of this piece. I really liked that one of the scenes actually takes place in a chat room using shorthand and slang that you would actually see in that situation.
I helped evolve what it was going to be. What may have seemed “edgy” and “brutal” on its release now seems juvenile and superficial.
Dec 07, Sofia rated it it was ok Shelves: A few days later I received a little note from him, congratulating me on the play. Is it an insult?
Jun 26, Daniel rated it it was amazing. We hear a lot of didactic comments about the nature of love, about how Alice “created herself” and Dan is a selfish hypocrite and Larry is a sad stalker and Anna is Alice gets a job in a strip club, Larry sees her there.
Debatable as that may be, Marber shows that all four characters still have a bottomless capacity for suffering and that the new freedoms — and the play embraces laptop sex and lapdance clubs — have done nothing to resolve the pain and anxiety of intimate relationships. In performance, the settings are evoked rather than shown, to balance the verbal excess.
He spoke like a man who had never written a play before, thrilled and delighted that the words were flowing.
Closer review – Patrick Marber’s play is as powerful and pertinent as ever
Though evocative of real happenings, the lack of physical detail in setting is meant to balance the verbal excess. It is set in the ‘s but if the play had been written this very day in it would be exactly the same play. Wanting him to spend the rest of the day with her, she calls in sick for him.
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.
Okay, point taken and can somebody throat punch Jude Law. Enough to let me sleep at night.
Larry, Anna and Dan go their separate ways. Dan plays a massive comedic trick on Larry, which results in another romance emerging.