Closer in context
the language is old, there are no new words... I
love you" says Dan at some point during the play. While "Closer"
is a play set in the 90's, dealing with modern people in the time of the
internet and full of words that would not have been in a play just a few
years ago, the themes are as old and universal as you can get.
is a play about love. Throughout its twelve scenes the interplay of love,
companionship, passion, sexual desire and human isolation are exposed with
"clinical observation" - as Larry would phrase it. The
intertwined love lives of the four characters show the desperate need for—and
the fear of—getting "closer". To love and to be loved is
ultimately what everyone wants in the play.
But at the same time, it is love that leads to selfishness,
betrayal, fear, jealousy, competition and games, ultimately making the
romantic relationship a hell for the human heart. When Alice asks, "Why
isn't love enough?" she poses the central question of the play.
different encounters between Anna, Alice, Dan and Larry are portrayed
without any attempt at moralizing or taking sides. None of the characters
is a saint, a villain or merely a player. They are all real and extremely
vulnerable. It is that they are so very human that makes them special—not
only when they hurt themselves but also when they are causing those who
love them unbearable pain. This is both the torment and the hope of the
rehearsal period for this play was short and intensive. It was a joy to
work with a group of fine, hard-working actors, a dedicated assistant
director, an efficient producer and some very competent designers. Thank
you all for being part of this production.