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The River

49 Members say: Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
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1h 25m | Already closed | Circle in the Square (Midtown W)

Hugh Jackman stars in this Royal Court Theatre production about a fisherman who brings his girlfriend to a remote cabin in the woods. More…

Produced by the Royal Court Theatre, 'The River' tells the story of a solitary fisherman who brings his new girlfriend to a remote cabin in the woods. The play asks the question: When we find each other, are we trying to recapture someone we once lost? Hugh Jackman returns to Broadway in this new play by Jez Butterworth.


100
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful

See it if This production shook me at my core. It touched something that I had deep inside for a very long time. Brilliant!

Don't see it if You have to welcome the story with an open mind and heart.

90
Original, Epic, Great acting, Romantic, Great writing

See it if You love plays

Don't see it if You don't understand English very well

89
Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Riveting, Confusing

See it if You enjoy thought provoking drama

Don't see it if You're looking for a light hearted show

88
Great acting, Riveting, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like slow, smoldering mystery and feeling haunted afterward. Also, if you want to see Hugh Jackman gut a fish, cook it, and eat it.

Don't see it if you prefer action, fussier set design, neatly-packaged conclusions, or upbeat productions. If you don't want to think, go elsewhere.

85
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Riveting, Confusing

See it if you love Hugh Jackman and looking for a more intimate play.

Don't see it if ...this play was a bit confusing.

85
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Hugh Jackman is a hunk who can act and will keep you glued to the stage. You'll be confused by the plot; who cares, there's Mr. Eye Candy!

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of Hugh Jackman, hate seeing a fish being dissected for 15 minutes, are confused by intelligent plot.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you enjoy thought provoking drama

Don't see it if you don't enjoy really having to pay close attention to every moment of a show

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like great acting and intense story, and of course, Hugh Jackman.

Don't see it if if you don't like thought provoking theatre.

79
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Spooky

See it if You'd enjoy a mysterious play about a man who seems to keep reliving his mistakes with women, with perhaps a more sinister interpretation.

Don't see it if You would be annoyed by a play that leaves you with many questions but few definite answers.

78
Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Confusing, Slow

See it if You want to see Jackman on stage, no matter how weak the material.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy non-linear, weird plays.

76
Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Slow

See it if you value great acting above all else

Don't see it if you want better writing or a faster pace

75
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see Hugh Jackman in person. The play was very cryptic and somewhat boring.

Don't see it if You don't like cryptic boring plays with spare sets.

75
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you are desperate to inhabit the same room as Hugh Jackman [guilty as charged]. also, Cush Jumbo is excellent.

Don't see it if you expect a play as complex and brilliant as Jerusalem. or don't want to see an intense 2- hander about RELATIONSHIPS

75
Absorbing, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Suspenseful

See it if unlike me, you can figure out what the hell this was about. The lead had to explain the show to me afterwards.

Don't see it if you'd be annoyed by a show that does a great job building suspense only to provide zero payoff at the end.

72
Absorbing, Edgy, Quirky, Confusing, Great staging

See it if For Hugh obviously, and bring your brain. You need to pay attention to when it jumps. Jez Butterworth doesn't let you rest. Fantastic set.

Don't see it if You don't want to pay attention and you need questions answered. Not a pretty wrapped up bow. Still worth it. If you can't handle flashbacks

71
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Confusing, Slow

See it if You'd like to see a well-staged and decently written new piece of theatre (as well as an A-list celeb).

Don't see it if You're looking for something life-changing. Butterworth's play is interesting but certainly won't go down as one of his best.

71
Great acting, Intense, Slow, Hugh jackman, Disappointing play

See it if Hugh Jackman is in it, or some other great actor who is pleasant to watch for 90+ minutes. Play has plenty of room for improvement.

Don't see it if you like explanations/mysteries answered.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Overrated, Slow

See it if you're a fan of Hugh Jackman or Cush Jumbo

Don't see it if you want a bit more story and a bit less gimmick in your stageplay.

65
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like Hugh Jackman, you're not particularly concerned with a show that has a meandering plot and a bizarre ending.

Don't see it if you like plays that want to leave you with a message/deeper meaning to actually have a message/deeper meaning

65
Confusing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to see Hugh Jackman up close and personal and you like Butterworth's writing.

Don't see it if You don't like "flashback" type productions.

65
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging

See it if you enjoy existentialism and using your brain a lot throughout the show. Or if you want to see Hugh Jackman in a wet tee shirt.

Don't see it if you want to spend the entire show distracted by figuring it out.

60
Original, Riveting, Indulgent, Confusing, Good acting

See it if you love hugh jackman

Don't see it if you want a better show for 90 mins

60
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see Hugh Jackman onstage and also see a new work of theatre.

Don't see it if You dislike slow plays.

46
Indulgent, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you just want to say you saw Hugh Jackman live.

Don't see it if you want to be able to make sense of the narrative you're witnessing

37
Insipid, Slow, Fluffy

See it if you want to see Hugh Jackman's body.

Don't see it if you don't like Hugh Jackman. It's only reason you go to that kind of play. To see a big Hollywood Star in person.

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