Guerrilla War Between the Sexes

Closer

In the many epic breakups that occur among these characters, Marber's gift for capturing the heart-wrenching despair of lost love is unnerving. "Please change your mind," begs Alice, as Dan prepares to walk out on her to go to Anna. In explanation Dan asserts that he must hurt her "because I am selfish. Because I think I'll be happier with her." Alice backs down. "Will you make me some tea?" she finally asks, knowing by now that this is all she can demand of someone who doesn't love her anymore.

A middle-age doctor's hot flashes take the form of a stripper
A middle-age doctor's hot flashes take the form of a stripper

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Written by Patrick Marber. Directed by Joseph Adler. With Sandra Ives, Jen Ryan, Bob Rogerson, and Paul Tei.
Through December 19. GableStage at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables; 305-446-1119.

Just as intimacy is dangerous for Alice, Anna, Dan and Larry, getting close to these characters is a scary thing for us -- which is the way it's supposed to be in the theater from time to time. Here's hoping the rest of the GableStage season contains half as many chills.

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