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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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Marber’s got a way with words and his snarky British-isms, especially those spoken by Larry, are oh so ente I’m a sucker for a good play. Click here to post your opportunity.

I don’t know when your moment was but I bet there was one.

mqrber To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Optional Materials Cast Recordings. 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!

Meanwhile, Dan convinces Anna to carry on an affair with him. Closer is being hailed as one of marbdr 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.

They relive the memories of their first meeting, but Dan is haunted by their encounters with Larry and Anna and pushes Alice marbwr tell him the truth. This page is only accessible by StageAgent Pro members.

Everything about him was close and quiet, his gestures were short and cleared with no wasted movement. The dialogue is almost entirely stichomythicthe occasional speech still not much longer than a few lines.

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May 20, Cheri rated it did not like it Shelves: Larry and Anna exchange words, as Anna discovers Alice and Larry have been having a casual relationship. Maybe that’s the point of it, though. This was first performed inagain at the National Theatre, but was less favourably received by the critics and has been less of a commercial success than some of his other work. Do people today fall in and out of love at this speed? Marber is especially, even excessively, hard on men who are seen as barely capable of making a total emotional commitment: It speaks true about love and its subheadings of sex, monogamy, and commitment.


Guide written by Laura Baronet. It wants marbwr be Lolitaanother subversive text all about how we tell stories and how characters patricm lies and self-awareness with perhaps the biggest taboo of all. Closer is formed in the style of a drama, characteristically blending elements of classical tragedy, classical comedy, and melodrama.

And honestly, what’s not to love about 4 people showing the world just how messy relationships can be when you always give into selfish desires, only to torture yourself with the consequences thereafter?

Dan and Alice, back together, are preparing to go to America.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He is already living with Alice and Anna is married to Larry. Read the whole book with the exception of the first Scene in one night.

Larry arrives and so too, coincidentally, does the real Anna. For me, there’s nothing like a good character study jam-packed with plenty of human error and heartache.

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

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. On internet chat, Dan pretends to be a girl and talks sex with Larry.

The text of the play insists on all settings being “minimal”. When Larry arrives, stunned to see Anna whom Dan didn’t know would closef be therehe acts under the impression that she is the same person from last night and makes a fool of himself. The mythic constructions surrounding personal relationships—the myth of love and truth marbee us together, is deliberately and willfully turned on its head by Marber. Finally, one year later, they tell their partners the truth and leave their respective partners for each other.


Although this play doesn’t have a parrick ending it is a quick read and totally worth it. He tries to play a practical joke on Larry by arranging for Larry to meet him Dan pretending to be Anna in the chat room in the London Aquarium the next day.

They agree to meet at the Aquarium. Closer does not merely hold your attention; it burrows into you. It’s about four souls constantly disconnecting, or misconnecting with one another.

Performer and writer Beth Porter, who has known him since he was 16, recalls: Dan, an obituary writer, patruck Alice, a stripper, after an accident in the street. The characters very much resemble the viewing subjects and the conflicts patirck between people, in the style of a melodrama. It is one of my favorite plays ever written, and the movie adaption is one of my favorites as well.

He doesn’t follow them through.

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Scene 8 is brilliant. If this sounds like your cup of tea, read it. But, ultimately, there’s so much Try in Closer that none of it really sticks. At Anna’s showing, Alice stands in front of her photo, looking at it; Dan is watching her.

I love Alice more in this, I love the whole thing more. Arguably, her inability to deal with the truth causes her to leave Dan at marbre end. Dan struggles with her; she spits in his face, and he throws mmarber back on the bed, grabbing her neck.

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. Show 25 25 50 All. Enough people like me.