If you’ve ever abused another human, playwright David Harrower has an uncomfortable reminder for you in his taut two-person drama. Blackbird has ratings and 50 reviews. Beth said: starsThe earlier you read this play, the more I think you’ll enjoy it. Or perhaps I should rep. Blackbird. Front Cover. David Harrower. Dramatists Play Service Inc, Blackbird is a tense and powerful “problem play”, confronting the problem of.

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Perhaps… A comedian in disrepute- which may highlight the problem of treating too lightly a serious, moral and life issue- was blackbkrd about the need to understand and engage with a child kidnapper, if only to get to save the children involved.

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Daviv compelling characters that do not explore there deeper desires and wants or memories about what the others mean. While I admire the unconventional story—a blackbidr woman confronting her abuser juxtaposed with understanding what love does or does not mean, and how love, as we experience it, can sometimes be problematic, toxic, and painful—as well as the Beckett-esque rapport, it does fall short for me.

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Shocking, gut renching, amazing, heartstopping, those are some of the words I can think of to tell blackbigd what I felt while there in the nineth row. I first saw the play staged and decided to read it immediately afterwards. We saw the original UK version on the stage and read the amended US version.


The reception that greeted the play was as nothing to the reaction to Blackbirdwhich debuted at the Edinburgh international festival in August and left many critics wondering what it was they blackbjrd watching.

Yet it doesn’t really feel ambiguous because it’s so short and kind of deliberately underdeveloped – so intent on making youthe reader, think that it doesn’t really seem hsrrower think anything of its own. Harrower’s harrowing play is an exciting read, and must make for riveting theatre seen live.

Blackbird dissects pedophilia but also transcends that subject, finding universality in extreme circumstances. He knows how to heighten tension daid dramatically well-timed interruptions—a phone that rings at an awkward moment, an unwanted knock on the door—and startling outbursts of violent action.

At his workplace, year-old Ray is shocked to be visited by a young woman, year-old Una. This is a very disturbing play.

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It deals with both characters in a kind way, pointing out their humanity and their faults. They have the rest of their lives to act, at a time and place of their choosing, on that information.

His plays contain a kind of darkness, one that can be felt rather than seen. The subject is quite controversial and complex. Reading it requires a strong understanding of the rhythm to piece it together. The play is written in an unusual, but natural style.


Blackbird by David Harrower. Oct 28, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: January 2, Language: Ben Mendelsohn aka Ray His work is outstanding, at least in two major productions that gave the public an idea of what this artist can savid Or not… This film has some major attributes. And he knows how to leave questions unresolved. And Una was no Nabokovian nymphet, but an average pubescent girl drawn to a mature man who, unlike most other adults, didn’t treat her like a kid.

This is a difficult subject, and not for every audience.

He seems hard on himself. The twists are so damn manipulative that you can pretty much feeling Harrower jabbing at you with the end of his pencil, saying, “Can you handle this yet?

It was bound in a drink-me pink and I liked the title. The woman is Una.

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