Black Stripe Theater presents Dealer’s Choice by Patrick Marber on March 23-26

Black Stripe Theater brings Patrick Marber’s play about men obsessed with gambling to Sangubashi Transmission Theater.

Dealer's Choice, Patrick Marber’s debut play, was first performed at the Royal National Theatre (Cottesloe) in London in February 1995 starring Ray Winston, and it won both the 1995 Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Writers' Guild Award for Best West End Play.  A 2007 hugely popular revival of the play at the Menier Chocolate Factory was transferred to the Trafalgar Studios and was nominated for several awards.

The play is set in a restaurant in London and follows the lives of six poker addicts – Carl, Sweeney, Ash, Frankie, Stephen and Mugsy. The action takes place over three acts and the third act is set around the poker table.  The play is about fathers and sons and the emotional deficiencies of men addicted to playing poker.

‘Play the man not the cards’. Though this play is about gambling, it’s really about desperate lengths people go to get what they want. A drunk trying to stay sober, a dreamer trying to aim high, a teacher trying to control his class, a liar trying to evade responsibility, a loser trying to win big and an old-pro trying prove his worth.  This play has something for everyone – and it’s very funny!

Directed by Chris Parham, cofounded of Black Stripe Theater, the play starts Tim Harris, Justin Davis, Walter Roberts, David Mashiko, Philip Arneill and Luke Happle. 

•Patrick Marber’s plays include After Miss Julie (1995), Closer (1997), Howard Katz (2001), The Musicians (2004), Don Juan in Soho (2006) (Based on Molière's Juan), The Red Lion (2015), Three Days in the Country (2015) and Travesties (2016). On film Marber has written Closer (2004), Asylum (2005) and Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Black Stripe Theater are a group of actors, directors and designers who stage contemporary plays in English in Tokyo.  2017 marks the 10th anniversary of BST and Dealer’s Choice will be the company’s 20th production.

Tickets (adult) 3500yen (student) 3000yen

Perf Times: Th. 23rd 7pm, Fr. 24th 7pm, Sa. 25th 1pm & 7pm, Su. 26th 1pm & 7pm.

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