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Overview: Nearer, Lyric Hammersmith – a tragic and sordid story of affection, lust and lies (Rev Stan’s theatre weblog)


The Lyric Hammersmith’s circle was steaming scorching, however can the identical be mentioned about Nearer, Patrick Marber’s play about love, lust and lies?

Closer Lyric Hammersmith programme

Nearer, Lyric Hammersmith July 2022

Two males and two ladies type a love ‘quadrangle’: Dan (Jack Farthing) is an obituary author, Anna is a photographer (Nina Toussaint-White), Larry (Sam Troughton) is a dermatologist, and Alice (Ella Hunt) is typically a waitress, generally a stripper.

The play opens with Dan and Alice assembly in a hospital. The latter has been knocked over by a taxi, and Dan, a witness to the accident, has accompanied her to get checked out.

It’s the first random occasion that can finally hyperlink the 4 and begins them on a journey of affection pursuits and damaged hearts (and egos).

Throwing away love

The issue Dan, Anna and Larry have is that they persuade themselves they’re chasing love and happiness, solely to throw all of it away once they get it.

Definitely, within the case of the lads, it’s shortly obvious that sexual want is the driving power with infidelity by no means distant. Larry even likes to go to prostitutes and strip golf equipment and spends time in web intercourse chat rooms whereas at work.

It’s fairly unhappy to observe them make the identical errors again and again whereas kidding themselves they’re being sincere and truthful.

Alice is the one one who stays devoted, and whereas her emotions appear of the guts somewhat than bodily, she is not resistant to mendacity – it is nearly who she is.

Opulent or sleazy?

It is merely staged with a sq. efficiency area made from a pink carpet positioned instantly in the course of the stage. There’s a bench and generally a wealthy pink curtain types a panel on the again. It is the form of pink that may look opulent or sleazy – it is a effective line, a bit just like the love and intercourse within the play.

There’s a desk to 1 facet of the efficiency area, which doubles as Larry’s workplace, however on the again, there are drums and a keyboard on which musicians play snatches of acquainted pop songs between scenes, besides these are melancholy cowl variations. It provides to the air of unhappiness.

Behind the musicians, a refrain act as background artists for scenes, albeit faraway from the precise motion. I principally forgot they had been there, so I am unsure it added a lot.

Victor and sufferer

What did work very well had been scenes the place two conversations a few break-up are mixed in order that somewhat than a menage a trois, the ‘spare’ individual in every looms as a symbolic reminder of how victor can be sufferer.

Given this can be a play about love and lust, there may be nothing actually horny about it. There is a component of the male gaze, and the serial dishonest lends a sordid air to the melancholy tone. Steamy it is not.

Somewhat fragile male egos give option to misogynistic language and violent behaviour. 

I favored the tone of this manufacturing and the sense of unhappiness that underpinned it, even when I used to be glad to depart the characters behind. It’s an fascinating exploration of relationships with some good manufacturing touches, and I am giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and half stars.

Nearer, Lyric Hammersmith

Written by Patrick Marber

Directed by Clare Lizziemore

Working time: 2 and a half hours, together with an interval.

Reserving till 13 August, for extra particulars, go to the Lyric Hammersmith web site.

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