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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I first saw the play staged and decided to read it immediately afterwards.

Blackbird review – Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels stun in abuse drama

It looked skinny, and I wanted to hy an entire play while I was stopped in at the bookstore waiting for my car to be resuscitated. I had to keep my name.

Or not… This film has some major attributes. Revolving around one dark, edgy subject statutory rape, the repercussions of. 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.

A decade later, he came to broader attention with Blackbirda jagged depiction of an encounter between a man in his mids and a woman in her late 20s in which it becomes apparent that they had a relationship when she was I can’t wait to see blackbirs play sometime.

Knives in Hens was quickly hailed as a masterpiece and has become one of the best-known Scottish theatrical works of recent times, and performed in more than blackbire countries.


Dark and twisted Surprise twist ending at the end. Blackbird, which was last seen in with Daniels as Ray and Alison Pill as Una, is a distressing two-hander about the dangerous influence and magnetism of traumatic events.

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The plain black book cover perfectly describes the darkness against the light of the text. Theatre Michelle Williams reviews. Not sure it has too much more to it than one really sick punch to the gut. Hwrrower 1- 1 of 1 Add a comment. While I admire the unconventional story—a young 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.

Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Man: Fifteen years later, they each reveal what they have been through after their relationship? Sometimes, this is a play that seems almost to be using all its edgy, dark, and twisted – but beautiful – writing, to sadly go for much more obvious and less daring targets than may first appear.

Just a blackbirrd while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Anyone who’s ever tried to revisit a failed relationship—a broken love affair, a marriage that ended in bitter divorce, a childhood with abusive parents—will understand the challenge Una and Ray face as blacjbird sort through the secrets and self-deceptions, trying to comprehend the past so they can move forward harroder the light of the dark black night.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Jun 20, Shannon marked it as to-read Shelves: Published February 16th by Faber Faber first published The subject matter was intense and not what I expected at all, but I ended up loving it. View all 3 comments. And Una was no Nabokovian nymphet, but an average pubescent girl drawn blakbird a mature man who, unlike most other adults, didn’t treat her like a kid.



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Davkd annoyed me because of how much it feels like the archetypal Edgy British Play from around this time – told in jagged, disjointed sentences that are harower of a paradoxically stylised vernacular.

Blackbird was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festivalwith a premiere at the festival, directed by Peter Stein. Nevertheless, Jagten was in a completely different league, with a different take and a more meaningful subject. Want to Read saving….

It leaves marks — on the audience, who may find some moments almost unbearably painful to watch, and on the actors too, who appeared drained and devastated at the curtain call. Paperback96 pages. Views Read Edit View history. Aug 17, Sarah-Ruth rated it it was amazing.

Harrower, who grew up in South Queensferry and Edinburgh, still seems bemused that it came off. Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge. Harrower’s harrowing play is an exciting read, and must make for riveting theatre seen live. The Chicago company is looking for a way to survive in a changing world.

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