Does it still resonate? That is the obvious question to ask about Patrick Marber’s play, which in seemed to reflect the sexual mores of the. From the archive: In this article, the Closer playwright talks about his days as a standup and how theatre is just ‘a stab in the dark’. Closer plot summary, character breakdowns, context and analysis, and performance video clips. Patrick Marber. Based on the Play/Book/Film. Category. Play.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Closer by Patrick Marber. Closer by Patrick Marber. 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 become caught up in a web of sexual desire and betrayal. Closer is being hailed as one of the best new plays of the nineties, and as the London Observer noted, it “has wired itself into the cultural vocabulary in a wa 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 become caught up in a web of sexual desire and betrayal.
Closer is being hailed as one of the 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. Paperbackpages. Published December 1st by Grove Press first published November 3rd London, England United Kingdom.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Closerplease sign up. How can i download it for free as epub? Lists with This Book. Dec 11, Jeff rated it liked it Shelves: First, this is a play and reading a play rates second or third to either watching a performance or at least listening to it on audio book.
Get ready for some banal out-of-context dialogue pics. So, this isn’t any different from any of your comic book reviews? Again with the lying. Marber tries to recreate a sex-chat room on the page and on stage, but at this juncture in time it already seems dated and trite — like reading a Clifford Odets play about Bolsheviks and the struggle of the worker. And it only costs me three or four minutes of my time.
Closer review – Patrick Marber’s play is as powerful and pertinent as ever
Okay, point taken pllay can somebody throat punch Jude Law. So why did you read this play? My son had to write a school paper on this play and he wanted me to read it, so I could better help proof his work.
He also had to read Antigone. He liked that one better. So, timeless writing wins our over shallow, lurid typing every time. View all 5 patrifk. Mar 06, Melanie rated it liked it. I was surprised patrik the very different ‘ending’ but some of the clunky transitions in the film now make sense.
To summarise – I like the bite, I hate the cynicism, I love the filth. I can imagine the stage play would be quite something. View all 4 comments. Feb 15, Trish rated it really liked it Shelves: The relationships shown here are partly about what men want and what women want but the discussion encompasses so much more. The men are jealous and selfish and want what they cannot have.
Closer – Patrick Marber – Google Books
The women are victimized by men’s attention and yet cannot do without it. The only one that has any conviction at all is the exotic dancer who has little compunction about the crudity of her profession. She is unasbashed and possibly the most honest of the four. The play has a disturbing, pztrick feel and The relationships shown here are partly about what men want and what women want but the ;atrick encompasses so much more.
The play has a disturbing, uncomfortable feel and finish. May 20, Cheri rated it did not like it Shelves: I just didn’t enjoy this. It’s about nothing and some of the dialogue is really awful. Marbef one speaks like a real person. I don’t mind stylized dialogue when it fits the piece or is just plain brilliant, but this sounds like the playwright was tying to make clever, witty dialogue and instead has a bunch of people talking to each other in mannered, false ways.
The major conceit of one man getting the other off over the internet just seemed boring, Really? You can’t trust the sexy blond woman in t I just didn’t enjoy this. You can’t trust the sexy blond woman in that chat room to really be a sexy blond woman? And I really couldn’t care less that Alice died at the end. The one thing marbfr I can say positively towards the play is that no production on stage could ever be as horrible as the movie. Closer talks a lot, but it doesn’t actually say anything.
Marber is good at acting like he does. The characters are witty, the situations they get themselves into are mind-bending in an interesting way, and the dialogue is well-written, staccato and blunt in a way that must have felt challenging and ‘edgy’ in the s. Here, to me, it just felt like the eleven-year-old who thinks he’s hard core because he uses the F-word.
The characters are insufferable. But they’re supposed to be insufferable. T Closer talks a lot, but it doesn’t actually say anything. That’s the whole point — every comment I make about this play, I would have to preface with “supposed to be. No-one is at all likeable, but they’re not supposed to be. The message is bleak and grim, but it’s supposed to be.
Closer is a play that knows it’s a play, and thinks it’s oh so very clever for figuring it out. There’s a lot of loaded comments about art, what people want from art, how art is nothing but a Big Fat Lie. But, ultimately, there’s so much Try in Closer that none of it really ;atrick. Trying to be edgy. Edgy with its pretentious stripper and pretentious photographer and pretentious failed writer and oh god even a pretentious dermatologist. But none of it is ever followed through.
All it amounts to is unrealistically well-spoken characters standing around in their metal-cage world making points just by saying them. Closer is extremely heavy on the self-awareness. Marbe there are no fully developed themes, no sense of a driving, overwhelming question. 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.
No, he hammers the point home with such tell-don’t-show voracity that, yes, it was convincing.
It was also incredibly tiresome. It wants to be Lolitaanother subversive text all about how we tell stories and how characters use lies and self-awareness with perhaps the biggest taboo of all. Unlike Lolitathough, there’s no flesh on these bones. Closer is nothing but the cold, rigid, sterile, metal bones of a good idea but, instead of developing it, pushing it, Marber leaves it just as a good idea.
Any impression on the audience comes from the fact that he’s merely raising these points about sex and intimacy and men and floser, but he doesn’t push them. He doesn’t follow them through. Alice says of Dan’s love at one point: At least, not for me.
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 patrivk blood world that you only later realize has been manipulated and created for your viewing benefit. You involve yourself in it; that’s how you become culpable in it. Maybe that’s the point of it, though. Hey, it’s clear that Marber really hates love.
But he doesn’t show us that it is. There’s no scenes of hurt, betrayal, anything.
Worst of all, though, there are no scenes that inspire any of those feelings. We hear a lot of didactic comments about the nature of love, about how Alice “created herself” and Dan is a selfish hypocrite and Larry is a sad stalker and Anna is The truth is, the message that “love is superficial” is a painful message. It should hurt the audience. It should lacerate into the audience. There are moments of brutal honesty, cruelty that cuts to the bone “like you, but sweeter” comes to mindbut all the characters are so relentlessly superficial with one another that, even when Marber attempts some kind of emotional or dramatic punch, what has happened before is so forced, so faked, that even the cruelty can’t help but feel like a rehearsal of something, stagey and impotent.
That’s how Marber could have made deeper comments about all his myriad of themes, all of which are touched on, none of which are developed with ANY kind of care, precision or feeling.
While reading CloserI didn’t feel like I was watching a burning indictment of love and intimacy and sex.