Closer to the Bone

Who believes the critics, right? But if by any chance you do pay attention to reviews, you may know that the 36-year-old British playwright Patrick Marber is big news. He has written three plays, all of which have started at the Royal National Theatre. The first, 1995's Dealer's Choice, transferred to the West End for a decent run of six months. The second, 1997's unflinching examination of sexual relationships Closer, enjoyed a profitable commercial transfer in London and a four-month stint on Broadway. It had critics from the London Times to the New York Post hailing Marber as one of the...

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