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Very strange feeling The play — a witty but often cruel four-hander about the romantic turmoil of four Londoners, involving overlapping relationships and betrayals — tends to elicit strong responses. An audience may feel flayed by the brutalities that unfold, as we see the first and last meetings of each swapping couple. People who witnessed it in one of its original incarnations tend to remember the experience.

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D oes it still resonate? For all its debt to Soderbergh, the play reminds me of the great Viennese dramatist Arthur Schnitzler in its portrayal of the daisy-chain of love and lust. It starts with a meeting in a hospital between the waif-like Alice, nursing a minor injury, and Dan, a newspaper obituarist and would-be novelist. But, although they start an affair, Dan is simultaneously attracted to a photographer, Anna, who specialises in wistful portraits of sad strangers.

While Anna is equally drawn to Dan, she marries a dermatologist, Larry, whom she guiltily betrays and who sporadically deceives her. Debatable as that may be, Marber shows that all four characters still have a bottomless capacity for suffering and that the new freedoms — and the play embraces laptop sex and lapdance clubs — have done nothing to resolve the pain and anxiety of intimate relationships.

A comparable angst is visible in the other two actors in an expertly balanced quartet. Oliver Chris as Dan suggests a man conscious of his own inadequacies as a writer and of his capacity to destroy any potentially happy relationship. It is an alarmingly durable, well-structured play about the distance between men and women and the restless neediness of love. Until 4 April. Venue: Donmar Warehouse, London. Topics Theatre. Patrick Marber Rufus Sewell reviews.

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D oes it still resonate? For all its debt to Soderbergh, the play reminds me of the great Viennese dramatist Arthur Schnitzler in its portrayal of the daisy-chain of love and lust. It starts with a meeting in a hospital between the waif-like Alice, nursing a minor injury, and Dan, a newspaper obituarist and would-be novelist. But, although they start an affair, Dan is simultaneously attracted to a photographer, Anna, who specialises in wistful portraits of sad strangers. While Anna is equally drawn to Dan, she marries a dermatologist, Larry, whom she guiltily betrays and who sporadically deceives her. Debatable as that may be, Marber shows that all four characters still have a bottomless capacity for suffering and that the new freedoms — and the play embraces laptop sex and lapdance clubs — have done nothing to resolve the pain and anxiety of intimate relationships. A comparable angst is visible in the other two actors in an expertly balanced quartet.

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Closer is the second play by British playwright Patrick Marber. It was adapted by Marber for the film of the same name , produced and directed by Mike Nichols. Closer was first performed at the Royal National Theatre in London on 22 May ; it was the second original play written by Patrick Marber. A young man, Dan, takes a young woman to hospital after she has been hit by a taxi; they flirt as they wait for the doctor to attend to her bloodied knee. Larry, a doctor in dermatology, inspects her leg briefly and leaves. Dan and the young woman introduce themselves—he is Daniel Woolf, an obituary writer and failed novelist who tells her how he and his colleagues use euphemisms humorously in their work in obituaries. At the girl's prompting, he says his euphemism would be "reserved" and hers would be "disarming".

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It seemed a potent, haunting place for a scene about power and sex. That night I wrote a version of the lap-dance scene in Closer with characters called A and B. I wanted to figure out who the guy was, who the young woman was, and what happened to them before and after. So is Sex, Lies and Videotape , my other main influence. I wanted to make a sort of indie play. My view was sheep, fields, emptiness.

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