Plays 1: Dealer's choice ; After Miss Julie ; Closer

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Methuen Drama, Jun 3, 2004 - Drama - 298 pages
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Marber Plays: 1brings together three of this award-winning playwright's first plays produced at the National Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse, London. Dealer's Choicepremiered at the Royal National Theatre, London, in 1995 and subsequently transferred to the West End. It won the 1995 Evening StandardAward for Best Comedy and, the Writers' Guild for Best West End Play. 'An exceptionally accomplished first play . . . though I know nothing about poker, I testify to the compulsive grip this play exerts and to the accumulation of meanings it ignites in your head.' Financial Times After Miss Julierelocates August Strindberg's Miss Julie(1888) to an English country house in July 1945. In this radical re-imagining of theatre's first 'naturalistic tragedy' the events of Strindberg's original are transposed to the night of the British Labour Party's 'landslide' election victory. Closer: 'Love and sex are like politics: it's not what you say that matters, still less what you mean, but what you do. Patrick Marber understands this perfectly, and in Closerhe has written one of the best plays of sexual politics in the language: it is right up there with Williams' Streetcar, Mamet's Oleanna, Albee's Virginia Woolf, Pinter's Old Timesand Hare's Skylight.' The Sunday Times

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Patrick Marber's first play Dealer's Choice premiered at the Royal National Theatre, London in February 1995. It won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Writers' Guild Award for Best West End Play. Closer premiered at the Royal National Theatre in May 1997. It won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Critics' Circle Award and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play. It premiered on Broadway in 1999, winning the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. Patrick Marber has also written extensively for television and radio including After Miss Julie (BBC, 1995).

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