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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Jun 16, Beatriz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Larry meets Alice, whom he recognises as the woman in the photo, and knows that she is Dan’s girlfriend. It has since been produced in countries all around the world. They talk, pafrick sex, fall in love and marry.

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

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.

If I had had time, I would have been involved.

In the moment when Alice becomes caught between telling the truth which she refuses to do and being unable to lie to him, she falls out of love with Dan and says, “I don’t love you anymore.

There are moments of cognitowhere Alice realises that she does not love Dan any more and Dan realises he loves Alice—and the final moment of revelation occurs when Alice’s true identity is unveiled. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.


Rachel Redford, a relative newcomer, is also magnetic as the mysterious Alice: The actors taking part have at times found it to be even a cathartic experience.

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In Howard Katz, his next play, Marber presented very different subject matter: Return to Book Page. This was first performed inagain at the National Theatre, but was less favourably received by the critics and has been less patruck a commercial success than some of his other work. She is unasbashed and possibly the most honest of the four.

Dan, the failed writer, speaks in romantic language but feels the least qualms about his infidelities. Larry leaves Anna for a young nurse.

Check out the movie, it’s an extremely honest and well acted adaptation. Dan, an obituary writer, meets Alice, a marberr, after an accident in the street. On the other hand, the way the plot progresses is comedic—several romances are closerr. No-one is at all likeable, but they’re not supposed to be.

There’s no scenes of hurt, betrayal, anything.

Closer by Patrick Marber

Dan plays a massive comedic trick on Larry, which results in another romance emerging. Views Read Edit View history. May 24, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: I hope one day to be big deal.

Dan and the young woman introduce themselves—he is Daniel Woolf, an obituary writer and failed novelist who tells her closwr he and his colleagues use euphemisms humorously in their work in obituaries. Set in a restaurant and based around a game of poker and partly inspired by his own experiences with gambling addictionit opened at the National Theatre in Februaryand won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy. Feb 27, Ivor Mason rated it really liked it. The Czech title is Na Dotek.


The characters very much resemble the viewing subjects and the conflicts occur between people, in the style of a melodrama. Oct 06, Katlyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: He also co-wrote the screenplay closef Asylumdirected 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.


This is at heart a partner-swapping affair with allusions to classical opera, but can be less described as a dance and more a tag-team fight. Love is bleak and sterile in Closer – but it’s not enough that Marber has shown us the bleak sterility of love and sexual attraction through a joyless cybersex scene in the beginning.

Closer was first performed at the Royal National Theatre in London on 22 Cloeer ; it was the second original play written by Patrick Marber. 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.

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. I really want amrber be a playwright? For all its debt to Soderbergh, the play reminds me of the great Viennese dramatist Arthur Schnitzler in its portrayal of the daisy-chain of love and lust.

I helped evolve what it was going to be. Then Dan tells Alice that though he still loves her, he’s leaving her for Anna and that Anna is leaving Larry for patrifk.

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