Burning Coal and She’s-a-Nelson will team up to present Closer by Patrick Marber. Tickets available at (919) 439-4283.
Alice, a wayward former stripper, is struck by a taxi and rescued by Dan, a charming obituary writer and fledgling novelist. They flirt and fall madly in love. But what happens after the happy ending? Enter Anna, an alluring photographer taking publicity photos for Dan’s new book, and rakish dermatologist Larry, and the lines of romance and loyalty quickly begin to blur. Set in 1990’s London, Closer focuses on four desirous lives, the pairings they form, and the actions that threaten their happiness as they fall in and out of lust and love. In Patrick Marbler’s brutally witty take on relationships, love is a heady transaction full of politics, passion, cruelty, kindness and heartbreaking honesty.
Closer was first performed at the National Theatre in London in 1997. It enjoyed a successful run on Broadway and won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and a NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.
Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.