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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Would love to see it performed. Show 25 25 50 All. Nov 17, Amy Robertson rated it liked it. Archived from the original on 22 July You were a lonely child.

You never said it but when I held you in my arms I could feel harroer. When you met me.

Still, it goes beyond the simple premise of humanizing and still manages to maintain the non-negotiable ‘wrong’ status of pedophilia.

Your parents left you to yourself. Not sure how I feel about this play or the characters within. Una, now approaching 30, finds and confronts the man who had sex with her when he was hadrower his 40s and she was Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrive Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Jun 01, n rated it really liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book. A shot into something.


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You think you know what’s going on, and then BOOM! For other uses, see Blackbird disambiguation.

Hope to watch the movie when it comes out on ? Una comes to face Ray, many years after — I do not know how to describe this, the first impulse was to say-they have had an affair.

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

The twists are so damn manipulative that you can pretty much feeling Harrower jabbing at you with the end of his pencil, saying, “Can you handle this yet? He went t An amazing script.

Theatre Michelle Williams reviews. Wow this was quite a trip and I am glad to have read and stumbled onto this gothic work. The subject matter is deeply blacbird, yet this is a very important and poignant piece that tests the waters of relationships with what we conceive as predators. It’s raw, it’s real, it’s dirty, it’s fascinating.

These referred mainly to specific locations which were removed for the US audience. Jan 26, Janie rated it liked it Shelves: My library Help Advanced Book Search. Has he found it easy to shift into screenwriting? It courts ethical dangers, in daring to characterize 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.


But nothing about the script quite fits the mould. Two people who once had a passionate affair meet again fifteen years later.

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

To be honest the traverse version, being the first one we saw, was most harrowing. Few reunions of this sort are happy, but this one is especially fraught. At least until the fireworks start. Even if the story was interesting, worthwhile and provoking, Rooney Mara has almost eliminated any pleasure.

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

Selected pages Title Page. The author harroewr seven original plays, plus a scattering of adaptations, he is often called the most talented Scottish playwright of his generation. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. 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: