Patrick Marber -
CLOSER by Patrick Marber -September/October 2002
Paisley Arts Centre
Howden Park Centre
The Byre Theatre,
Falkirk Town Hall
Greenock Arts Guild
East Kilbride Arts Centre
ABOUT THE PLAY
"What's so great about the truth? The truth hurts people. Try lying for a change. It's the currency of the world."
Set in the mid-90's CLOSER follows four characters through four years of emotional turmoil.
Obituary writer Dan and vulnerable young stripper Alice meet following a minor car accident and fall in love. Months later, Dan is drawn to photographer Anna as he gets his photo taken for the cover of his new book. Dermatologist Larry enters a relationship with Anna after a case of mistaken identity in an internet chat room.
And that's just the beginning. Each character searches for some kind of intimacy to save them from their isolation, yet they never seem to get closer.
"Ever seen a human heart? It looks like a fist wrapped in blood."
Marber's clever use of language, and a very contemporary idiom that can shock provides an unflinchingly honest expose of modern relationships, and an icy commentary on the dangers of mistaking physical intimacy for emotional closeness.
CLOSER is a stunning look at contemporary love and betrayal with resonance for anyone that has loved, lost, cheated or been hurt.
"I had a choice and I chose to be selfish"
This powerful play examines difficult, painful and adult issues with honesty, integrity and humour, and due to it's graphic language, is recommended for adults only.
The Herald : Scalpel-precise production from TheatreFusion, which would put many main stage efforts to shame... This is a major play in a very special, up-close and personal production... Make a date to see Closer immediately.
Scotland on Sunday : TheatreFusionís accomplished new touring production... treads between the lightly comic and the deeply emotive...these first Scottish performances of Closer still present us with a fine insight into a play which excavates the humour, pleasure and tragedy of sexual and emotional relations without a hint of misanthropic cynicism
The Scotsman : stark, clear and beautifully disciplined production
Audience : an excellent, powerful play which has been very well produced and performed. Mark Coleman is particularly impressive... brilliantly written, well staged... excellent play very well performed
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Reviews of original London production
"On the surface, Closer is brisk, urbane, witty, obscene,
modern, quotable, slick; beneath the skin, it is deeply felt, painful,
sad, and wise . . . It is about sexual jealousy and sexual desire; and
it is keenly alert to human isolation even within intense
who has loved and lost, anyone who has experienced infidelity or felt
love die, will watch this play with stomach churning pangs of
recognition . . . the writing seems to have been ripped straight from
the gut. In contrast, the construction has great formal beauty,
consisting of a series of duologues which gradually move the action
forward. . . The sense of artistic control is formidable . . . I'd be
astonished if there's a better new play this year."
frank, Scathingly funny. A play of and for our times."
sexy sublimely funny..."
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