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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It is very likely that I am wrong and the parts require a certain awkwardness and what I call over the top is actually blaackbird planning.

They have the rest of their lives to act, at a time and place of their choosing, on that information. What to eat with it: Reading it brought back a lot of memories and I’m glad I had that visual and aural experience to compare.

Lists with This Book. 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.

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

Feb 01, Realini rated it liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

Brilliant and uncomfortable for everyone, Blackbird is a tough challenge for any actor, actress and director. Switch to the mobile blafkbird of this page. Nor will it comfort those determined to ddavid victims any possibility of agency in their own abuse. Cliches if, sadly, cliches with truth in them like Una’s promiscuity are dwelled upon far more than more interesting and complicated subjects such as her capacity for new ‘love’ and what would make her describe her sexual relationships in detail to her parents!


His second play, a sprawling, polemical drama about Scottish land ownership, influenced by Caryl Churchilltook him two years of work, only to be rejected too. Preview — Blackbird by David Harrower.

By Atticus Bikos Fifteen years later, Una tracks him down, and this gripping one-scene play records their conversation. Perhaps… A comedian in disrepute- which may highlight the problem of treating too lightly a serious, moral and life issue- was talking about the need to understand and engage with a child kidnapper, if only to get to save the children involved. 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.

To be honest the traverse version, being the first one we saw, was most harrowing.

You never said it but when I held you in my arms I could feel it. 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 they sort through the secrets and self-deceptions, trying to comprehend the past so they can move forward into the light of the dark black night.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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 see the premise as paramount.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? This Akvarious production was also later presented in Bangalore and in New Delhi. It is lit only by buzzing fluorescents.

There are fascinating subjects floating around it, but ultimately the play itself is focused on being “thought-provoking” that it doesn’t actually feel like it tells a story.

Published February 16th by Faber Faber first published Not sure it has too much more to it than one really sick punch to the gut. His plays contain a kind of darkness, one that can be blackbirrd rather than seen. By Reader staff Such a weird, awesome, passionate, play.


Jan 26, Janie rated it liked it Shelves: When they began and ended their sexual relationship, Una was 12 and Ray was Una was twelve when she developed a dangerous crush on Ray: These pyrotechnics are provided by Jeff Daniels as Ray and Michelle Williams as Una, former lovers who meet 15 years later when Una tracks Ray down at his dismal office job.

The play tells the oldest of stories: In many ways, it reminded me of Jagten aka The Hunt, wherein a much smaller child accuses a man of inappropriate behavior, almost ruining the life of an innocent person by just inventing a story. Refresh and try again. Subscribe to this thread:.

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He spent time in jail once the abuse blackbid discovered and has since changed his name and perhaps his life. It may be one of those cases where this is actually an invitation to think and the artwork depends on the viewer… It has been said that the onlooker is often, maybe always more important than the object of art itself So if I dismiss this and say, well this is about a much older person who took adva Una, written by David Harrower, based on his play Blackbird What a strange work!

Order by newest oldest recommendations. If you’ve ever abused another human, playwright David Harrower has an uncomfortable reminder for you in his taut two-person drama, Blackbirdwhich South Stream Productions is currently performing at Raleigh’s Sonorous Road Theatre.

I do not think I understand what was going on in this film and davic exactly the ensemble wanted to convey.