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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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Closer by Patrick Marber

Sep 11, Austin rated it really liked it. 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.

Alice and Dan chat, have sex and fall in love. Titled with the utmost irony, Closer should really be called Further Away. I just felt like I was watching a cast of boring insufferables doing what boring insufferables will do: Larry sees Anna at the Aquarium and thinks she’s the internet chat girl. Larry, a dermatologist, “meets” Dan in an internet chat room.

There are frequent pauses, but not of the Pinteresque variety—more like skipped heartbeats Twelve scenes chronicle the love affairs, rivalries, seductions, and betrayals of four characters two men, two women in a spare, intense style — sometimes coarse, sometimes obscene, but calling for real sensitivity and vulnerability in the acting.

Closer talks a lot, but it doesn’t actually say anything. Jarber catches on and explains that it was probably Dan playing a practical joke on him. They’re all selfish, deceitful, conniving, and use sex to both enrich and destroy their lives. 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.


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Distraught, Dan confronts Larry at his office and has to come to terms with the fact that Anna no longer wants him.

Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Open Preview See a Problem? There is Dan the writer who is a closre and selfish fellow with his head in the clouds, Anna the photographer who is blissfully depressed and keeps making the wrong 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 lo Closer by Patrick Marber examines the complex relationships between four persons within the course of four years.

Patrick Marber Rufus Sewell reviews. National Unified Auditions New York. The truth is, the message that “love is superficial” is a painful message. Dan falls in love with Anna, though he is in clser relationship with Alice, having left his former girlfriend for her. 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.

A quartet of strangers in a sexual square dance in which partners are constantly swapped, caught between desire and betrayal.


Feb 27, Ivor Mason rated it really liked it. At the end, Larry decides to hurt Dan and reveals the truth—that they had slept together.

Watching 4 narcissistic characters be horrible to each other may invoke some higher meaning for others, but cloeer me, I can watch the world news to similar effect.

A comparable angst is visible in the other two actors in an expertly balanced quartet. This is an awesome piece of drama.

Closer by Patrick Marber

I definitely need to check out some more of Marber’s plays. I was surprised at the very different ‘ending’ but some of the clunky transitions in the film now jarber sense. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Instead we all got this simultaneous break: It is a strange category for the striking, vicious play to be even considered for. I just didn’t enjoy this. Oct 06, Katlyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ppatrick Author Bios Book Club!

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

Show 25 25 50 All. On the other hand, the way the plot progresses is comedic—several romances are pursued.

I exist in splendid isolation. Views Read Edit View history. Clower talk, have sex, fall in love and marry. But none of it is ever followed through.