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The new HBO drama In Treatment reflects how a simple premise, primarily driven by dialogue between a therapist and his patients, can produce a tremendous range of dramatic depth. Starring Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment will not appeal to those who require stupefying “reality” show gimmicks or cliché ridden plots from their television viewing experience. This is a stylistically pared down and deliberate show with minimal settings and new characters each week. In fact, most of the show’s half hour format draws its power to intrigue from the silent glares between listener and confessor, the intentional absence of closure and the indeterminate struggles of both patient and therapist to come to grips (or not) with their troublesome queries. Sometimes the most simple of plots can be wildly entertaining for the oppositional tension that quality writing can create.


In Treatment

Posted by Ryan Gage at 07/17/2009 11:30:02 AM | 

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