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4.0 out of 5 stars An ultra-modern explanation of a girl simply known as Anne., 28 Jan. 2002
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This review is from: Attempts on Her Life (Faber Plays) (Paperback)
As an A Level student using Martin Crimps work as my practical piece, I feel I am a good source of judgment within this play inparticular. This sixteen scened dramatisation of a girl named Anne has been described by top critics as ultra-modern. Indeed it is with each scene, cut off from the rest, standing on there own. In the bigger picture Crimp cleverly threads the outcomes of each scene to create an image of this girl. But who is she and what are the attempts on her life? Are they simply attempting to kill her? No. I see this play more of an attempt to understand and explain an unknown girl. Maybe someone we all know, someone who walks in and out of lives each day. There are explanations to simply tell the audience of Anne, her life story and her personality yet through clever and interesting dialogue its something more. More of an insight into an extreme version of ourselves, if everything in your life was taken to its maximum.
Crimp's characterless piece lends well to the creative mind. However time is needed to work out exactly what the piece is explaining. Some seem to have little to do with an explanation of a girl yet somehow fit into this modern setting. Using over-lapping dialogue, not-otherwise stressed vocabulary and a sense of 'what is this all about?', Martin Crimp's use of unformatted scenes, little written direction and sometimes graphic imagery, the girl Anne (a.k.a Anna, Annie and Anushka) will leave the audience, actor and reader with a pondering thought - 'Oh?' Not very concluding Crimp's play starts its last scene with a summary of what the characters think of her. However as people do, conversations get lost, words get misunderstood and the final scene ends with a discussion about previously frozen fresh salmon.
Overall, a very entertaining, thought provoking and interesting piece, well worth reading as a modern altnerative to theatre.
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