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|Marber Makes A Comeback
- Writer of Closer snuggles up to the National
THE WORLD premiere of Patrick Marber's new play kicks off July 16 at the Cottesloe theatre. The writer of Dealer's Choice and the award-winning Closer returns to the National with Howard Katz, the final instalment of his trilogy about contemporary London.
"It's a comedy about suicide," says the middle-aged playwright with his characteristically dark sense of humour. The tale of an angry fifty year-old juggling his roles as father, son, husband, brother, and showbiz agent is the last of Marber's three plays. So far he has dealt with issues like gambling, cybersex, and the death of political consciousness.
Marber's three plays follow in the footsteps of the Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, and The Absence of War trilogy, commissioned by the National from David Hare. However, Marber's work departs from a preoccupation with British institutions to consider the no-man's land of modern relationships and personal crises. His voice of world-weary wisdom looks set to silence criticism once again.