LEWISTON – Bates students will perform “Closer,” Patrick Marber’s critically acclaimed dissection of love and lust, Wednesday and Thursday, April 8-9.

The performance is open to the public.

Written in 1997, “Closer” was made into a 2004 film starring Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Clive Owen. The film, like the play on which it is based, has been viewed as a modern tragic version of Mozart’s opera “Così fan tutte.”

The plot is an elaborate study of two London couples whose lives are intricately tangled. Dan can’t choose between his stripper-turned-waitress girlfriend Alice and American photographer Anna.

Meanwhile, Anna is pursued by Larry. The story revolves around the couples’ brutal honesty about their attractions for one another, and their common goal of winning at the game of love.

Performers are students in Katalin Vecsey’s advanced voice and speech class.

“Closer” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater, 305 College St. For more information, call 786-6161 or visit www.batestickets.com.

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