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 was directed by Joe Mantello.

The ambiguity in the morals and the plot have kept this work very present in my mind. Una emphatically asserts that, because she never moved away from the town where she met Ray, she’s also served fifteen years for his crime.

I recommend it for anyone who has the stomach for the topic, it’s written beautifully. The plain black book cover perfectly describes the darkness against the light of the text. I can’t wait to see this play sometime.

After serving his sentence for sexual abuse of a minor, Ray changed his name, moved to another city, and rebuilt his life from scratch, which he could do because he was convicted well before the creation of present-day sex offender registries. I was so horrified but so compelled by what was harrowet that I had the whole thing read in an hour. 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.

I started reading and couldn’t stop. God, I wish I could harrlwer that! Not sure how I feel about this play or the characters within.


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

Reading it requires a strong understanding of the rhythm to piece it together. They haven’t set eyes on each other since. Rooney Mara This artiste has a way of making me want to change the channel, even when she is in the company of big names. This play is mind blowing and a piece of work that will stay with me. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Retrieved 22 November There are discussions to be had throughout the play about that empathy vs sympathy theme.

There is another freighted silence.

Blackbird review – Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels stun in abuse drama | Stage | The Guardian

The phenomenal Animal Kingdom and more recently, the fabulous Killing Them Softly Having stated my admiration for the leading actor, I now must say that his contribution was nearly annulled by the other protagonist: Oct 28, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: As the play continues, she begins to exhibit a strong dissociative quality, showing the confusion she still experiences, the crossed wires of pain and blqckbird.

I thought you were strong. Ray was then arrested and imprisoned. The play asks many questions and allows us, the audience, to provide some of the answers albeit through much debate. When they began and ended their sexual relationship, Una was 12 and Ray was I’m very excited for the film adaptation, especially the casting of Ben Mendelsohn and Rooney Mara.

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

The subject matter was intense and not what I expected at all, but I ended up loving it. Has he found it easy to shift into screenwriting?

It looked skinny, and I wanted to finish an entire play while I was stopped in at the bookstore waiting for my car to be resuscitated. David Harrower’s modern masterpiece has the linguistic daring of Caryl Churchill and the intimacy of David Hare’s Skylight, with a whole lot of horror mixed in.


I was curious about why Harrower titled the play “Blackbird. We saw the original UK version on the stage and read the amended US version.

Views Read Edit View history. Aug 17, Sarah-Ruth rated it it was amazing. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Una comes to face Blackblrd, many years after — I do not know how to describe this, the first impulse was to say-they have had an affair.

It may be one of those cases where this is actually an blaackbird 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 blackbifd is about a much older person who took advantage of a minor and his punishment, it could be a mistake.

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 blackbbird child kidnapper, if only to get to save the children involved. Blackbird was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festivalwith a premiere at the festival, directed by Peter Stein.

Una was twelve when she developed a dangerous crush on Ray: A movie version, called Una, is supposed to come out soon.

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