Nice Fish OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 14, 2016
    Closing:
    March 27, 2016

    Theater: St. Ann's Warehouse / 45 Water Street, New York, NY, 11201

    Synopsis: 

    On a frozen Minnesota lake, the ice is beginning to creak and groan. It’s the end of the fishing season, and two men are out on the ice angling for answers to life’s larger questions. One of these men is hilariously wrought by TONY Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Mark Rylance, who co-wrote the play — his first — with the American poet Louis Jenkins. Rylance and Jenkins have adapted Nice Fish with the same wry, surreal quality of Jenkins’ prose poems. Minnesota Monthly called an original version of the play “inexplicable and utterly beautiful.” This newly produced version of "Nice Fish" comes to St. Ann’s directly from Cambridge’s A.R.T.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Nice Fish

    ‘Nice Fish,’ Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins’s Quirky Ice Fishing Tale

    Charles Isherwood

    February 21, 2016: For a certain slice of New Yorkers — you know who you are — Mark Rylance is the cultural deity that Beyoncé is to, well, a different slice of New Yorkers. At a recent performance of “Nice Fish,” a quirky charmer of a play written by Mr. Rylance and Louis Jenkins, the audience greeted every stuttered utterance of Mr. Rylance’s with delighted laughter and murmurs of pleasure, as if sampling the world’s most ravishing tasting menu. Fortunately, it took only a few minutes for the audience to simmer down and settle into the bewitching theatrical spell cast by “Nice Fish,” which opened on Sunday at St. Ann’s Warehouse. The production, which draws on Mr. Jenkins’s prose poems – some have been recited by Mr. Rylance when accepting his Tony awards — has been expertly directed by Claire van Kampen (also Mr. Rylance’s wife), and features wonderful performances not just from Mr. Rylance, probably the greatest Shakespearean actor of his generation, but from four other gifted actors.

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