Second Flight Productions CloserBy Laura & Mike Clark • Feb 20th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Second Flight Productions’ Closer [MP3 5:42 2.6MB].
Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio review of Closer, performed by Second Flight Productions, at the Waddell Theater at the Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus. Mike and I saw the performance on Sunday evening, February 17, 2008.
Mike: Closer was an odd show. It’s not at all what I was expecting. I interviewed Shannon Khatcheressian a couple weeks ago, and learned a little more about the show. What I was picturing is not what I saw. I’ve been thinking about the show for a couple days now, and it’s stuck with me, but I keep coming back to the fact that all four of the characters in the show, I don’t like. Because in the show, we only see these bits of them fighting with one another, and having affairs, and saying mean things in the name of truth, that I have no reason to like any of them, or no reason to want to think any better of any of them. Even though one of them was a doctor, and one was a photographer, I don’t care. It’s just, this was a hard show to sit through.
Laura: This was a deep show, I also came away really not caring about any of them. The acting was really good, but two and a half hours of sitting there watching everyone sleep with each other and then get mad at each other and break up and go away, I guess I just got tired of it.
Mike: Closer is a play by Patrick Marber. It dissects desire, intimacy and infidelity with wit and candor. Set in contemporary London, Closer is a story of four strangers who meet, fall in love and subsequently become caught up in a web of lust, passion and betrayal. The bare-fisted writing has a startling amount of humor, witty and urbane, and at times even vulgar. It is equally direct in its description of the brutality we are capable of with those who are most important to us.
Laura: There were four characters in this show, Alice the stripper was played by Tara Moore, Dan the obituary writer was played by Faqir Qarghah, Larry the dermatologist played by Nick Noel, and Anna the photographer played by Shannon Khatcheressian.
Mike: We were introduced to the characters very slowly. At the beginning of the show, it was very hopeful. Dan the obituary writer, seemed very normal, kind of getting in over his head by talking with Alice, the stripper. It seemed like a very sweet innocent scene, and then as you get to know them better, it flipped in that Alice was a little more innocent than she seemed to be, and Dan was a little slimier than he seemed to be. The same thing with Larry the doctor. In the opening scene he was a little concerned about the injury that Alice had, but by the end of the show, you just really loathed him, and I at last wasn’t sure if I should pity him or not. He shared what maybe happened and caused him to be the way he is. And Anna the photographer seemed to be the most realistic person, and the person who probably could have had the best life, and be the best person of these four people. But she simply didn’t know how to take control of her life, and I felt so sad for all of these people, and I didn’t like any of these characters by the end of the show.
Laura: The set for Closer was designed by the director, Natalie Safley. It was basic, gave you just enough so that you knew a location, and that was it. I think it actually worked really well, because this was a character piece and you were focusing on the actors and the characters, and not on the surroundings. I liked the way they did that.
Laura: One of the best things about this show was the running crew. They did an incredible job. They were out there like lightning getting the set pieces on and off and the next scene set up so quickly, it just flowed really well.
Mike: The director in her notes in the playbill, mentioned that she didn’t want the actors to come up with accents to use. The show is set in London, but all the actors used their normal voices, and their normal dialect. That way they could focus on the relationships that are coming out through the text and the emotional struggles in the script. I don’t know if that was a good decision or not, some of the language of course is very British, and that just didn’t come across. That’s a small nitpick, I don’t quite know if it would have helped or not, since some of the issues they are raising are pretty international.
Mike: One other thing she said in her playbill note, was “it was important to tell this story, if only to show that we can no longer accept lying as a form of currency.” So, is that saying we need to always tell the truth, regardless of what we think? Or is it talking about politics, or is it every single situation, you should never ever ever lie? There were lots of questions raised there, and I don’t really know if this show is the right show for that message. So there’s lots to think about, lots of deep issues raised by this show.
Laura: Closer ran approximately two hours and fifteen minutes with one intermission. It is for mature audiences only, recommended age of 18 years or older. Closer is playing through Sunday, March 2nd, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, and Sundays at 7, at the Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus, Waddell Theater.
Mike: I’d really like to hear your thoughts about this if you go see it. Simply leave a comment about it here at ShowBizRadio.net.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
- Alice: Tara Moore
- Dan: Faqir Qarghah
- Larry: Nick Noel
- Anna: Shannon Khatcheressian
- Producer and Director: Natalie V. Safley
- Stage Manger: Christy Jacobs
- Assistant Stage Manager: Alyssa Jacobsen
- Set Design: Natalie V. Safley
- Set Decoration/Dressing: Alyssa Jacobsen
- Props: Alyssa Jacobsen
- Light Design: Natalie V. Safley
- Light Board Operator: Jackie Gudgel
- Sound Design: Lauren Babcock
- Sound Board Operator: Nick Brown
- Costumes: Andrew Nordstrom
- Running Crew: Alyssa Jacobsen, Julia Crowell and Kirima Stewart
- Press Photos/Headshots: Nick Brown
- Poster/Program Design: Shannon Khatcheressian
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.