CLOSER is about sexual and romantic indiscretions discussed with aggressive candour by four highly complex modern adult lovers. By disclosing what they truly think and feel, the characters of CLOSER seem familiar yet heightened as we cut to the highlights of their lives. CLOSER is a stinging look at modern love and betrayal. An international play
winning several prestigious awards at home and abroad,CLOSER is about the dynamics of power. The smash ups of digital age relationships.
Dan, an obituary writer, meets Alice, a stripper, after an accident in the street. They become a couple, and Dan has written a novel inspired by Alice. While posing for his book jacket cover, Dan meets Anna, a photographer. He pursues her, but she rejects his advances despite their mutual attraction. Larry, a dermatologist, "meets" Dan in an internet chat room. Dan, obsessing over Anna, pretends to be her and has cybersex with Larry. They arrange to meet the next day at an aquarium. Larry arrives and bumbles into indiscretions with the real Anna. This sets up a series of farcical, satirical scenes in which this quartet struggle to find intimacy but can't seem to get closer.
CLOSER shows the way people operate with and against each other, and how your best friend can become your worst enemy. You see how honesty, jealousy, truth and beautiful lies intertwine in this tragicomedy as characters react to each other's shifts of will and intimate relations can reconfigure as rapid as sms.
Love is the central theme, but the story also talks about other things - sexual jealousy, male selfishness, lies which we tell to ourselves and the people we are most intimate with and about the ways in which we take advantage of other people while trying to define to us what and who truly matters. The playwright is not interested in who is good and who is evil and never judges his characters. "Their behaviour is not my concern. The audience will see them as they wish and they may not even agree with each other but I hope they can see the play's authenticity . and laugh at some jokes at the same time."
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."
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. -Variety.
"In its cutting contemporary picture of sexual desire and emotional failure, CLOSER is a brilliantly unusual virtual reality that rings true. -Newsweek Magazine.