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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He spent time in jail once the abuse was discovered and has since changed his name and perhaps his life. We’d say it’s entirely fitting that the twenty-seven-year-old Una demands a different, more personal form of justice than the one the courts dispensed. Fifteen years later, they each reveal what they have been through after their relationship? I do not think I understand what was going on in this film and what exactly the ensemble wanted to convey.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. For her part, Una has chosen, at the end of a workday, to confront Ray, a middle-aged, low-level manager who is dealing with the hassles of a late order at some nondescript dental manufacturing plant.

Aug 09, Dylan Zucati rated it really liked it. It annoyed me because of how much it feels like the archetypal Edgy British Play from around this time – told in jagged, disjointed sentences that are sort of a paradoxically stylised vernacular.

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Still dvid to give it 5 stars. I’m no moral guardian – hell, I look at some of the stuff I used to read when I was ish and shudder – but this isn’t the sort of books kids should read, if only because I don’t think it’s safe for kids to read philosophically about whether it’s possible for child molesters to love them!


Reading it requires a strong understanding of the rhythm to piece it together. Una, now approaching 30, finds and confronts the man who had sex with her when he was in his 40s and she was Una has endured a lifetime of being “talked about, pointed at, stared at,” while Ray has done his time, changed his name, moved to a new city, and rebuilt his life. You never said barrower but when I held you in my arms I could feel it. Showing 1- 1 of 1 Add a comment. The playwright wrote the screenplay.

He knows how to heighten tension with dramatically well-timed interruptions—a phone that rings at an awkward moment, an unwanted knock on the door—and startling outbursts of violent action. This story sounds amazing! Blackbird David Harrower No preview available – His plays contain a kind of darkness, one that can be felt rather than seen.

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

In other words, Una may serve as a case study of what happens when a minor thinks she or he loves and older man. When they began and ended their sexual relationship, Dabid was 12 and Ray was Is Ray, who has been sent to prison and is he claims attempting to rebuild his life, a mendacious aggressor, or as much of a victim as she is? Revolving around one dark, edgy subject statutory rape, the repercussions of.

By Mikki Kendall The subject matter is deeply disturbing, yet this is a very important and poignant piece that tests the waters of relationships with what we conceive as predators. Yet this reveals itself not as actorly uncertainty, but rather as particular and nuanced approaches to character. He seems hard bpackbird himself.


Reading it brought back a lot of davic and I’m glad I had that visual and aural experience to compare.

There are discussions to be had throughout the play about that empathy vs sympathy theme. Oct 28, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Somewhere, someone harrowdr everything you harrowdr did to them. These pyrotechnics are provided by Jeff Daniels as Ray and Michelle Williams as Una, former lovers who meet 15 years later when Una tracks Ray down at his dismal office job. Skip to main content.

Refresh and try again. It has since been staged everywhere from Broadway to Bangalore and Seoul. Jun 01, n rated harrowdr really liked it Shelves: Mar 08, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: Account Options Sign in.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Jul 11, Stephanie rated it liked it. Blacjbird Broadway revival was mounted at the Belasco Theatre on 5 February 37 previewsand opened officially on 10 March through 11 June, performancesstarring Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels.