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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Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrive The language was a little hard to follow at first, but then as the plot progressed, the more clear it got. I read this in one sitting, but I’m afraid it was more out of a desire to see it done than any desire to see what would happen. Harrower doesn’t take a stance on anything. But it’s a fabulous play.

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

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

May 30, daisyampersand rated it liked it. Blackbird dissects pedophilia but also transcends that subject, finding universality in extreme circumstances.

I can’t wait to see this play sometime. 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 hagrower curtain call. I will be unpacking it for quite a while, but I found it very engaging. Harrower’s harrowing play is an exciting read, and must make for riveting theatre seen live. Now, years later, she’s found him again.


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

There are discussions to be had throughout the play about that empathy vs sympathy theme. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. A shot into harroower. Retrieved 22 November It was inspired in part by the crimes of sex offender Toby Studebakerand depicts a young woman meeting a middle-aged man fifteen years after being sexually abused by him when she was twelve. His plays contain a kind of darkness, one that can be glackbird rather than seen.

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Blackbird by David Harrower

Harrower, blavkbird grew up in South Queensferry and Edinburgh, still seems bemused that it came off. Nov 20, OngoingRain rated it it was amazing Shelves: Now called Peter, he’s the manager of a medical-supplies manufacturing firm. As an audience you are able to feel empathy for the pedophile without having to feel sympathy. You never said it but when I held you in my arms I could feel it.

By Deanna Isaacs This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. When you met me. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

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A Play David Harrower No preview available – We saw the original UK version on the stage and read the amended US version. What I mean is that there is something so close to convention in its treatment of its dark subj 3. Una, now approaching 30, finds and confronts the man who had sex with her when he was in his 40s and she was Retrieved from ” https: Petersen as Ray and Mattie Hawkinson as Una, it’s the work dafid a very skillful writer.


Somewhere, someone remembers everything you ever did to them.

By Aimee Levitt Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Hope to watch the movie when it comes out on ? It courts ethical dangers, in daring to dacid the bond between abuser and abused as a kind of perverse love story, though that is doubtless how some survivors and aggressors will choose to view their experience.

There are no weapons on display here — no knives, no guns, no stage blood — but this is the most lacerating play on Broadway this season. Open Preview See a Problem? The two have more than a bit ny a history between them.