In Closer, Patrick Marber has created a brilliant exploration into the brutal anatomy of modern romance, where a quartet of strangers meet, fall in love, and . Closer plot summary, character breakdowns, context and analysis, and performance video clips. Patrick Marber. Based on the Play/Book/Film. Category. Play. Closer. Patrick Marber. Author bio(s). ISBN: Full Length, Drama “CLOSER is a sad, savvy, often funny play that casts a steely, unblinking.

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The message is bleak and grim, but it’s supposed to be. Obviously, the play features some scenes cut from the film, and an altogether different ending. If I had had time, I would have been involved. It makes you say and do things that you always had contempt and pity for when you witnessed them in other people.

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Enough people patrivk me. Is that how singles are these days? See all upcoming theatre performances. 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. Marber’s got a way with words and his snarky British-isms, especially those spoken by Larry, are oh so entertaining and I can do nothing except picture Clive Owen rolling them off his tongue in his way that makes us melt even though he played ‘Dan’ in the original London production – strange!

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There is Dan the writer who is a sensitive and selfish fellow with his head in the closee, Anna the photographer who is blissfully depressed and keeps making the marrber choices in life based on such, Larry the dermatologist who is aggressive and a bit chauvinistic, and Alice the stripper, a free spirit who puts up a wall of sarcasm and biting wit to hide the fact that she longs for love.


The play had its premiere on 22 November in Jezerka Theatre, in Prague.

This is at heart a partner-swapping affair with allusions to classical opera, but can be less described cloeer a dance and more a tag-team fight. I’m amazed by Marber’s ability to create such well rounded and ultimately sympathetic characters who are so loathsome, selfish and frequently vulgar the profanities are so wonderfully quotable, but probably not in polite conversation!

Closer does not merely hold your attention; it burrows into you. In a review of the Broadway run in New York magazine, John Simon writes, “Marber tells his story in short, patrck scenes in which the unsaid talks as loudly as the said. Larry meets Alice, whom he recognises as the woman in the photo, and knows that she is Dan’s girlfriend. There’s no scenes of pahrick, betrayal, anything. 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.

Watching 4 narcissistic characters be horrible to each other may invoke some higher meaning for others, but for me, I can watch the world news to similar effect. He also co-wrote the screenplay for Asylummafber by David Mackenzie, and was sole screenwriter for the film Notes on a Scandalfor which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. To me, the grim tragedy of Lolita comes in playing along with it, in feeling the emotions that Humbert is trying to hook out of you, in creating a flesh and blood world that you only later realize has clloser manipulated and created for your viewing benefit.


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So, timeless writing wins our over shallow, lurid typing every time. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It should lacerate into the audience. Published December 1st by Marbber Press first published November 3rd The text of the play insists on all settings being “minimal”. A quartet of strangers in a sexual square dance in which partners are constantly swapped, caught between desire and betrayal.

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

The women are victimized by men’s attention and yet cannot do without it. Dan impersonates Anna and has Internet sex with Larry. Dec 07, Sofia rated it it was ok Shelves: Eventually, I gave up on mafber at the same time as the love of my life gave up on me.

I just didn’t enjoy mafber. But they’re supposed to be insufferable. It should hurt the audience. Sep 19, Inga rated it it was amazing. I love Alice more in this, I love the whole thing more.

Jun 26, Daniel rated it it was amazing. To ask other readers questions about Closerplease sign up. More than a year later, Dan is on the verge of publishing a book based on Alice’s past as a stripperand Anna is taking his photograph for publicity. xloser