Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

Fish in the Dark

From 74 member  reviews
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. More…

Jason Alexander takes over the role originated by Larry David, who returned to the stage for the first time since eighth grade, in a brand-new Broadway comedy written by...Larry David. Norman Drexel is a character who is very much like...Larry David. Expect his trademark humor and no-filter criticisms of life's annoyances.

2h 15m | Already closed | Cort Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (74)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Great writing

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.

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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...

68
Funny, Great acting, Great cast, Mediocre play, Disappointing

See it if are a fan of Seinfeld, Larry David or their style of sitcoms.

Don't see it if are expecting this to have any depth.

50
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You just really need to see Larry David onstage.

Don't see it if watching Curb is an option.

56
Cliched, Playing to larry david fans, Predictable, Hoping for more, Disappointing

See it if love Larry David no matter what he does, if you have never seen good theatre, like farce.

Don't see it if want a real theatre experience or if you think this will be like Curb Your Enthusiasm or Seinfeld, or want to really laugh.

66
Funny, Slow

See it if You love Larry David and his work. Honestly, it was slow moving and somewhat disappointing.

Don't see it if You don't like Larry David.

53
Cliched, Dizzying, Intense, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You enjoy Larry David and his brand of humor. You definitely enjoyed his show and Seinfeld

Don't see it if You didn't enjoy Larry David and his show. Find it hard to laugh at humor that makes fun of other people

65
Insipid, Banal, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like to see a regurgitated Seinfeld style play. You like Larry David or Jason Alexander.

Don't see it if You expect something original. Follows the Seinfeld formula with less success than the TV series.

68
Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You're a fan of Larry David's writing. It was a bit disappointing but it is enjoyable

Don't see it if It was a bit like a long, not great episode of Curb.

50
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Dated, Indulgent

See it if you must see anything Larry David is in.

Don't see it if you have an aversion to self-indulgent displays of ego and dated humor. The show wasn't nearly as clever as Curb Your Enthusiasm.

55
Disappointing, Overrated, Funny

See it if You like Larry David

Don't see it if You're looking anything near the quality of curb or Seinfeld

66
Funny, Great acting, Eh, Expected more

See it if It was solid, with this great cast, how could it be bad? But at the same time, I didn't go home reflecting on it like a good meal.

Don't see it if You hated Seinfeld.

55
Disappointing, Banal, Indulgent, Funny, Cliched

See it if you want to see Larry David and have a few laughs

Don't see it if you expect something all-through hilarious or unpredictable

69
Funny

See it if you love Larry David or just comedy as a whole. While the play has its glaring flaws, the laughs flow at a pretty rapid clip.

Don't see it if you're easily distracted by bad structure. The director tries to fix it with voiceovers and projections, but they're awkward patch-jobs.

65
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you love Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. It was funny but got a bit old after awhile. Felt like a sitcom on stage

Don't see it if You want something edgy, unpredictable, and inherently theatrical


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......
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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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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 p...
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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...
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