Very much a play of its time (especially the rise of the In-Yer-Face theatrical movement of the 90s) but still fresh and interesting today. Veering between witty and heartbreaking, Closer analyses the human relationships and how something so intimate and beautiful as sex and love can ultimately be as destructive and painful as hate. I'm amazed by Marber's ability to create such well rounded and ultimately sympathetic characters who are so loathsome, selfish and frequently vulgar (the profanities are so wonderfully quotable, but probably not in polite conversation!). It's an extremely cynical piece but one committed to its message, something I find so refreshing. Definitely not for everyone though. It's easy to see where the accusations of coldness come from. Check out the movie, it's an extremely honest and well acted adaptation.