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. If you’ve ever abused another human, playwright David Harrower has an uncomfortable reminder for you in his taut two-person drama.

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For other uses, see Blackbird disambiguation. May 30, daisyampersand rated it liked it.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to bllackbird. Even if the story was interesting, worthwhile and provoking, Rooney Mara has almost eliminated any pleasure.

Back to Search Results. Open Preview See a Problem? Brilliant and uncomfortable for everyone, Blackbird is a tough challenge for any actor, actress and director.

David Harrower Lives Up to His Name in Blackbird, a Challenging Portrait of Abuse

A Play David Harrower No preview available – At least until the fireworks start. Show 25 25 50 All. Would love to see it performed. There are discussions to be had throughout the play about that empathy vs sympathy theme. Aug 15, Miriam Cihodariu rated it liked it Shelves: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His plays contain a kind of darkness, one that can be felt rather than seen.

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I recommend it for anyone who has the stomach for the topic, it’s written beautifully. David Harrower’s modern masterpiece has the linguistic daring of Caryl Churchill and the intimacy of David Hare’s Skylight, with a whole lot of horror mixed in.

It’s raw, it’s real, it’s dirty, it’s fascinating. No, I didn’t love it – I appreciated it. We’d say it’s entirely fitting that hrrower twenty-seven-year-old Una demands a different, more personal form of justice than the one the courts dispensed.


It’s not badly written, but it doesn’t accomplish much either. The harriwer pulls to the point that the tension is visible between the text. To try and analyze, tell the story could be liberal and open minded, but is it really the right thing to do?

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It has since been staged everywhere from Broadway to Bangalore and Seoul. It’s not natural dialogue, which could turn so readers aways especially since this piece isn’t meant to be read, it’s meant to be seen in a production. I first saw the play staged and decided to read it immediately harower. This one is interesting and also very tricky. 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 do: She got worried and left to find him, which led to both of them frantically searching for one another and raising suspicions within the small coastal town where they were staying.

Feb 01, Realini rated it liked it. Dramatists Play Service Inc- B,ackbird – 84 pages. Of course, it is much more complicated than that, for the film takes place more in the moment when the protagonists are adults and they look at this past, but I harrowdr the premise as paramount. Why I read this: This play is blsckbird blowing and a piece of work that will stay with me. View all 3 comments. And several things remain hauntingly ambiguous, and the blackbigd themselves might be most confused about what is true.

For a long time writing, was the only thing he could do. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The action is engrossing enough on the page, but with a pair of brilliant actors, the effect on stage could be explosive.


Hope to watch the movie when it comes out on ? Show 25 25 50 All. Would he think twice about tackling the subject in the same way now? Una emphatically asserts that, because she never moved away from the town where she met Ray, she’s also served fifteen years for his crime. Or perhaps I should rephrase that. It looked skinny, and I wanted to finish an entire play while I was stopped in at the bookstore waiting for my car to be resuscitated. Hartower are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Fascinating elements are only alluded to in part, such as Una’s loneliness as a child, Una’s relationships with her parents after the ‘truth’ about her and Ray’s relationship emerges, and the general repercussions on Ray’s later relationships. Still have to give it 5 stars.

What I mean is that there is something so close to convention in its treatment of its dark subject, lean, mean writing, and shocking moments poised to cause shock and discomfort that it seems better suited to those who aren’t quite as used to the particular style born out by “issue theatre” not harrowed a bad thing, and, certainly, Harrower comes up with an addictive and almost irresistible play to chew on. Dark and twisted Surprise twist ending at the end.

Despite the evocations of the title, in this Blackbird, no one gets to be free. Want to Read saving….