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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Show 25 25 50 All. I just had blackbid have the script. In so doing, these four stage artists carefully confront us with the playwright’s controversial take on a longtime social taboo. Lobby Hero – Acting Edition. Still, it goes beyond the simple premise of humanizing and still manages to maintain the non-negotiable ‘wrong’ status of pedophilia.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? Never got a chance to see it in London two years ago but decided to read it and was blown away by it.

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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 to think anything of its own. The young women in my class are all fighting it out to play the female lead part – not necessarily because of me but, rather, because the female lead is that good! Harrower’s harrowing play is an exciting read, and must make for riveting theatre seen live.


They have the rest of their lives to act, at a time and place of their davie, on that information. Books by David Harrower. By Reader staff What to eat with it: He got rave reviews and an award for his performance, so I just had to find out what it was all about.

He served his sentence and came out. Let me be clear: It was bound in a drink-me pink and I liked the title. The two have more than a bit of a history between them. She’s never been able to get beyond that time when Ray and she were illicit lovers. Share your thoughts with other customers.

David Keymer Top Contributor: Apr 22, Megan Huggins rated it really liked it Shelves: This one is interesting and also very tricky. 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. Then one day, she sees Ray’s picture in a magazine, a trade journal. To be honest the traverse version, being the first one we saw, was most harrowing.


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As an audience you are able to feel empathy for the pedophile without having to feel sympathy. Una, now approaching 30, finds and confronts the man who had sex with her when he was in his 40s and she was Ray insists he’s not one of “those sick bastards” who gets off on underage girls; his desire for Una arose from an inappropriate but sincere affection. davjd

Still have to give it 5 stars. Refresh and try again. And he knows how to leave questions unresolved.

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Like David Mamet and Harold Pinter, Harrower knows how to distill the fractured syntax, half-completed sentences, stuttering repetitions, and pregnant pauses of conversation into a stark, stylized, nerve-jangling poetry. Blackbird dissects pedophilia but also transcends that subject, finding universality blafkbird extreme circumstances.

I have two minor quibbles: I did your sentence for 15 years.

There is another freighted silence.