Four Lives Intertwine in Powerful, Award-Winning Closer
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Few Broadway musicals are more beloved than The Sound of Music, and now you can see it live in a production by Lyric Opera of Chicago, with Hollywood star Billy Zane stepping into the role of Captain von Trapp. It's the story of Maria, an aspiring nun who takes a job as governess to the widowed Captain von Trapp's seven children. As she gradually earns the heart of the family -- and their father -- the von Trapps are threatened by the rise of the Nazis, and must figure out how to escape Austria. "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "The Lonely Goatherd" and the soaring title song are just a few of the unforgettable melodies in this classic work of musical theater. The cast includes opera stars Christine Brewer and Elizabeth Futral, Jenn Gambatese of Broadway's Wicked and All Shook Up, and Edward Hibbert of Frasier. Learn More
Quotes & Highlights
“…a brilliant and bracingly adult new play…bruising and beautiful, shatteringly funny and devastatingly sad. The play’s dialogue has a raw emotionality rarely heard in art or life…full of bitter, intelligent, unvarnished truth.” —Variety
“A powerful, darkly funny play about the cosmic collision between the sun of love and the comet of desire.” —Newsweek
“Closer is a sad, savvy, often funny play that casts a steely, unblinking gaze at the world of relationships…it does not merely hold your attention; it burrows into you.” —New York magazine
Four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal. Dan, an obituary writer, meets Alice, a stripper, after an accident in the street. Eighteen months later, they are a couple, and Dan has written a novel inspired by Alice. While posing for his book jacket cover, Dan meets Anna, a photographer. He pursues her, but she rejects his advances despite their mutual attraction. Larry, a dermatologist, “meets” Dan in an Internet chat room. Dan, obsessing over Anna, pretends to be her and has cybersex with Larry. They arrange to meet the next day at an aquarium. Larry arrives and so too, coincidentally, does the real Anna. This sets up a series of pass-the-lover scenes in which this quartet struggle to find intimacy, but can’t seem to get closer.
Closer won the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Play and the 1999 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.
About the Playwright
Patrick Marber’s first play, Dealer’s Choice, premiered in 1995 and received the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and Writer’s Guild Award for Best West End Play. His second play, Closer, premiered in 1997 and was nominated for the Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for Best Play. The West End production won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, the Critics Circle Award for Best Play and the Olivier Award for Best Play.
About the Ticket Supplier: Signal Ensemble Theatre
Signal Ensemble Theatre uses a deeply collaborative method to produce work never-before-seen in Chicago. Founded by its three artistic directors, the company began producing in 2003.