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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It is one of my favorite plays ever written, and the movie adaption is one of my favorites as well. Dan plays a massive comedic trick on Larry, which results in another romance emerging.

He liked that one better. This is an awesome piece of drama. Shock is all well and good, but it packs no punch without emotion. For all its debt to Soderbergh, the play reminds me of the great Viennese dramatist Arthur Schnitzler in mwrber portrayal of the daisy-chain of love and lust.

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There are frequent pauses, but not of the Pinteresque variety—more like skipped heartbeats 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 clpser occurs when Alice’s true identity is unveiled.

It really is a reflection of difficulties in a modern life.

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It’s easy to see where the accusations of coldness come from. She reveals that it is her birthday and snaps a photo of Larry. While Anna is equally drawn to Dan, she marries a dermatologist, Larry, whom she guiltily betrays and who sporadically amrber her. It’s an extremely cynical piece but one committed to its message, something I find so refreshing. Later, Anna and Larry meet again, only to reveal that they have broken up once again and Larry is dating a young nurse named Polly.


Past that, the text is heavy with reflections on mafber life and the alienating effects these approaches to love are prone to producing.

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I don’t know when your moment was but I bet there was one. Marher scene three, where Dan and Larry are instant messaging close an adult website, Marber uses crude and up-to-date terminology and dialogue that you would only see in an instant messaging conversation via the Internet.

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.

Closer by Patrick Marber

On the other hand, the way the plot progresses is comedic—several romances are closser. That was sort of like reading something of Sotos’. Larry finds her at one of the seedy strip clubs in London, where he pushes her to tell the truth about her name. Optional Materials Cast Recordings.

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Talking to him, one does feel somewhat alienated, primarily because he is smarter than most people. Was it too much? Thanks for telling us about the problem.

It speaks true about love and its subheadings of sex, monogamy, and commitment. It should hurt the audience. 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!


The play has a disturbing, uncomfortable feel and finish. Sep 03, Brian McCann rated it really liked it. It later had a production at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway in But, ultimately, there’s so much Try in Closer that none of it really sticks. Just a warning, there is an immense amount of vulgarity and sex talk, but once you get past it’s roughness you see that it really was essential in shaping this show to the wonderful thing that it is.

Closer by Patrick Marber

Obviously, the play features some scenes cut from the film, and an altogether different ending. It was also incredibly tiresome. Larry meets Alice, whom he recognises as the woman in the photo, and knows that she is Dan’s girlfriend. T Closer talks a lot, but it doesn’t actually say anything. Four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal.

Want to Read Currently Patrlck Read. The play had its premiere on 22 November in Jezerka Theatre, in Prague. Larry leaves Anna for a young nurse. Includes young adult, adult characters. Is it an insult? You involve yourself msrber it; that’s how you become culpable in it. Toggle navigation Choose Marbee. If not, I can say it is written really well, so if you enjoy wit, and a sense of detachment, dig in.

Sep 11, Austin rated it really liked it. Get ready for some banal out-of-context dialogue pics.