Fish in the Dark
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Fish in the Dark
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Fish in the Dark NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(74 Reviews)
Positive
80%
Mixed
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Negative
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Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Great writing

About the Show

Jason Alexander stars in this limited run comedy about a death in the family, which brings playwright Larry David's acerbic wit and unfiltered observations to Broadway.

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Member Reviews (74)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
60
Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Dated, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Larry Davis

Don't see it if you can't stand Larry Davis. It's all about him...

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
80
Funny, Entertaining, Fun, Comical, Hilarious

See it if You like Larry David or the humor in Curb Your Enthusiasm or Seinfeld.

Don't see it if You don't find Curb or Seinfeld funny

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
55
Cliched, Disappointing, Old-fashioned, Indulgent

See it if you love Larry David. If you don't, you'll be disappointed. You'd be better off watching a few episodes of Curb.

Don't see it if you want fresh humor. FITD felt tired, altho it's new. I expected much more from LD. Read more

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
73
Entertaining, Funny, Overrated, Quirky, Cliched

See it if You love Larry David and just want to see Curb Your Enthusiasm on stage.

Don't see it if You can't stand Curb Your Enthusiasm or Seinfeld, and would be annoyed to watch basically a 2 hour long sitcom episode.

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
70
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you're a fan of Larry David and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Don't see it if you're looking for something heavy and timeless.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
88
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love Larry David , you want to laugh and to just enjoy a night at the theater.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a silly sitcom-like show.

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
79
Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Like an extended Seinfeld episode, but much dirtier. Very funny show - can't remember when I laughed harder at a show. Tight ensemble.

Don't see it if Some people might find the subject matter offensive. The humor was very Jewish - some people might not get it.

225 Reviews | 293 Followers
80
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Must see

See it if you love larry david humor and seinfeld.

Don't see it if you hate larry and seinfeld

Critic Reviews (44)

The New York Times
March 5th, 2015

"The fish that figures in ads for the new play and can be seen on the drop curtain at the Cort Theater is pretty great, a charming and maddening creature destined to capture your heart. O.K., if you insist: It is pret-ty, pret-ty, pret-ty great. The show for which this fish stands? Not so much...I have been known to dissolve into incontinent giggles while watching episodes of “Curb” or of “Seinfeld.” During “Fish,” I laughed fully exactly once."
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Time Out New York
March 5th, 2015

"Anna D. Shapiro stages the hybrid sitcom-farce for maximum shine, and the mix of seasoned actors with David’s breezy script (about three TV episodes’ worth of plot windup) results in a night of huge, rolling laughs."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 5th, 2015

"It’s well built, occasionally thoughtful, and consistently very funny if not transcendently so. In short: You’ll laugh, you’ll cry — well, you’ll cry when the Visa bill comes...For a playwriting debut, if not a Broadway acting debut, Fish in the Dark is amazingly confident and delivers what it promises. But it’s got neither cerebral gloss nor solid emotional underpinnings. It’s going for something else, and almost gets there. Which is a complement, truly. We criticize because we care."
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New Yorker
March 16th, 2015

"The director, Anna D. Shapiro, moves bodies around the stage with little visible evidence that she’s concerned about their inner lives, and rarely steps outside the Broadway machinery to reënvision the dreck she’s stuck with. And still I can’t help wondering how she was able to reconcile herself to this script, with its cynical manipulation of sentimentality and humor."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 5th, 2015

"The uninitiated may sniff, but Larry lovers will plotz...No Neil Simon character ever exclaimed, "You f***ed my mother?!" But in countless other ways, Larry David's first venture into Broadway playwriting is a spirited throwback to that once hugely popular gagmeister's patented specialty: classic boulevard comedy molded to fit the American Jewish family. It's also pure sitcom, energized by David's customary serrated edges and willfully abrasive characters...exactly what the fans are craving."
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Entertainment Weekly
March 5th, 2015

"Fish in the Dark is most definitely David’s show and this latest half-twist of his persona proves an entertaining comedy machine...If the result is only pretty good, Curb fans should nevertheless look forward to it with, well, enthusiasm."
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Variety
March 5th, 2015

"The people have spoken. This outlandish comedy penned by Larry David opened with a stratospheric advance of $13.5 million. Which renders moot whatever the critics might have to say about the show...Instead of sticking to a conventionally constructed plot, this “Fish” swims from one comic situation to another — which may not make it much of a play. But there are plenty of laughs in the play’s minor comic questions."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 5th, 2015

" A thimbleweight comedy about two bickering brothers brought together by the death of their father, it consists of several thousand jokes, most of which involve somebody saying something inappropriate. Imagine a Neil Simon play without a plot—or three bottom-drawer episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” hastily knocked together into a two-hour script—and you’ll get the idea."
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