Closer

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Overview


The play focuses on the complex relationships, politics and morality of four people trading partners in search of love and lust. It uniquely blends elements of tragedy, comedy, and melodrama and challenges audience perceptions at every turn. Marber turns upside down romantic notions of love and sex uniting two people as one and pointedly challenges the idealistic notion that total honesty is the best way to preserve a relationship. As the four characters move in and out ...
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Overview


The play focuses on the complex relationships, politics and morality of four people trading partners in search of love and lust. It uniquely blends elements of tragedy, comedy, and melodrama and challenges audience perceptions at every turn. Marber turns upside down romantic notions of love and sex uniting two people as one and pointedly challenges the idealistic notion that total honesty is the best way to preserve a relationship. As the four characters move in and out of relationships and expose their individual bleak takes on those relationships, the audience sees their self-delusions and their futile journey to find what they really desire in life. Marber's writing is noted for rapid dialogue with a staccato rhythm and intense exchanges that are at times abrasive and explicit in nature and are infused throughout with dark humor.  This Student Edition comes complete with a full introduction, plot synopsis, commentary, discussion of the film version, bibliography and questions for study. It is the perfect edition for anyone studying the play at school or college.
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Editorial Reviews

NY Magazine
CLOSER is a sad, savvy, often funny play that casts a steely, unblinking gaze at the world of relationships and lets you come to your own conclusions...CLOSER does not merely hold your attention; it burrows into you.
Variety
...a brilliant and bracingly adult new play from London...bruising and beautiful, shatteringly funny and devastatingly sad. The play's dialogue has a raw emotionality rarely heard in art or life. It cuts like broken glass...full of bitter, intelligent, unvarnished truth.
Newsweek Magazine
A powerful, darkly funny play about the cosmic collision between the sun of love and the comet of desire.
NY Observer
In its cutting contemporary picture of sexual desire and emotional failure, CLOSER is a brilliantly unusual virtual reality that rings true. The best new play on Broadway.
From the Publisher

"Love and sex are like politics: it's not what you say that matters, still less what you mean, but what you do. Patrick Marber understands this perfectly, and in Closer he has written one of the best plays of sexual politics in the language: it is right up there with Williams' Streetcar, Mamet's Oleanna, Albee's Virginia Woolf, Pinter's Old Times and Hare's Skylight."—The Sunday Times

"Patrick Marber's searing follow-up to Dealer's Choice establishes him as the leading playwright of his generation."— Independent on Sunday
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802136459
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 GROVE PR
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 634,391
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author


Patrick Marber was born in London. His first play, Dealer's Choice, (1995) won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Writer's Guild Award for Best West End Play. Closer premiered at the Royal National Theatre in 1997 and on Broadway in 1999. Patrick Marber has also written extensively for television and radio including After Miss Julie.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2007

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    when ups handed me the packaage i litterally ripped it opened and read it all the way through. i was glad that when i saw the movie the lines and story were almost identical which is good b/c i hate when the two mediums are compleately different. well anyways it was a great read, iloved it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    Amazing.

    This play is quite amazing. My theatre class recently read it, and no one quite knew what to say. The characters are all the same in some fashion, and yet they are all so different. The irony comes in since none of the characters are really close at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2005

    An absorbing, dazzling, and marvelous book

    Closer is a fantastic exploration of four strangers, who meet, fall in love, and destroy's one another's happiness. It's a haunting tale of love, lust, and selfishness. Brilliant, thrilling, and absolutely incredible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2004

    CLOSER !

    I love this book! Im in a group of like 15 people and they all read this play and they all love it! I cant wait for the movie and I would totally recomend this play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2004

    great book

    this is an awsome book, i cannot wait for it to see it on the big screen!!

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