Closer

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"... They spend a lifetime fucking us never knowing how to make love. ... They love the way that we make them feel, but they don't love us, they love dreams of us." ANNA

CLOSER, a melodramedy by Patrick Marber.

"... that's the most stupid expression in the world: 'I fell in love.' As if you had no choice. Ther's a moment, there's always a moment; I ca do this, I can give in to the temptation or I can resist it. I don't know when your moment was but I bet that there was one." ALICE

Set in London 1997, four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal. A local obituary writer Dan meets Alice a stripper from America after an accident in the street. Eighteen months later, they are a couple, and Dan has written a novel inspired by his muse Alice. While posing for his book jacket cover, Dan meets Anna, a photographer of aristocratic heritage. He pursues her, but she rejects his advances despite their mutual attraction. Larry, a dermatologist, and Dan randomly exchange an anonymous chat together 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 so too, coincidentally, does the real Anna. This sets up a series of pass-the-lover scenes in which this quartet struggle to find intimacy but can't seem to get any closer.

"...Don't give me 'KIND'! 'Kind' is dull. 'Kind' can kill you. Alice is 'kind'. Even I'm 'Kind'. Anyone can be fucking 'KIND'." DAN

Winner of the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Play and the 1999 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.

"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." —NY Magazine.

"CLOSER is 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.

"CLOSER is a powerful, darkly funny play about the cosmic collision between the sun of love and the comet of desire." —Newsweek Magazine.

"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." —NY Observer.

Presented by: ACTS TO GRIND THEATRE
Directed by: Davyn Ryall

Featuring:
Izak Benrobi (Larry)
Tommy Furino (Dan)
Emanuelle Ranger (Alice)
Kristina Sandev (Anna)

-Vocal-Accent coach: Julia Lenardon
-Promotional videographer & editor: Olivier Ross-Parent

"Don't give all of your love to that bitch of yours. Remember she's a stray. She could up and leave you without a moments notice or even a wag of her tail." LARRY

MainLine Theatre - Minimain
3997 St-Laurent, Montreal.
514-849-3378
www.mainlinetheatre.ca

April 4 to 9, 2017.
Previrew, Tuesday, April 4, 8PM.
Premiere, Wednesday, April 5, 8PM.
Performances: Thursday, April 6, Friday April 7, Saturday April 8, Sunday April 9, @ 8PM.
Matinee: Sunday, April 9, @ 2PM.

Tickets:
$20.00 Regular
$15.00 Student & Senior

Preview: Tuesday, April 4th 8PM.
$15.00 Regular.
$10.00 Student & Senior

Matinee: Sunday, April 9th 2PM.
$18.00 Regular
$12.00 Student & Senior

Very limited seating; advance purchase is recommended.

Two acts; Running time with intermission two (2) hours.

"Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off. But, it's even better if we do." ALICE

HORAIRE / SCHEDULE

  • Tuesday 4 April 2017 / 20:00
  • Wednesday 5 April 2017 / 20:00
  • Thursday 6 April 2017 / 20:00
  • Friday 7 April 2017 / 20:00
  • Saturday 8 April 2017 / 20:00
  • Sunday 9 April 2017 / 14:00
  • Sunday 9 April 2017 / 20:00

120 minutes
Pour âges / For ages 16+
Retardataires / Latecomers : 5 minutes

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