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Mark Fisher
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Follow me @markffisher and @writeabouttheat I am an Edinburgh-based freelance journalist and critic specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications I write for include the Guardian, Scotland on Sunday and the Scotsman. I am the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success, published in February 2012 and How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers published in July 2015. From 2000-2003, I was the editor of The List magazine, Glasgow and Edinburgh's arts and events guide. See my website for more information and comprehensive Scottish theatre links.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Blackbird in NYC

David Harrower's Blackbird has a rave review by Ben Brantley in today's New York Times. He says the play by "a largely unheralded" writer (like Knives in Hens never happened) "promises to be the most powerful of the season". Talking of the central characters, he says: "Both Una and Ray have read deep in the psychological literature of sexual abuse, and it doesn’t begin to encompass what they experienced. The miracle of “Blackbird” is that it does."

David Rooney in Variety is slightly cooler, but generally positive: "While it ultimately doesn't achieve the psychological clarity to fully illuminate the moral morass it uncovers, "Blackbird" is a dark, dangerous love story in which the past casts an unhealthy shadow."