Already closed | 1h 35m | Brooklyn

Nice Fish

From 63 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Original

About the show

St. Ann’s Warehouse and American Repertory Theater present this New York premiere, about two men searching for answers on the last day of the fishing season. Starring Mark Rylance. More…

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. They are hoping for something essential and immortal... when a construction worker roars across the ice on his snowmobile, spear, dynamite, and fancy dress in hand. The last blizzard of the season is about to begin.

1h 35m | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (63)


Great acting, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Original
Avg Score

Clever, Great acting, Profound, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like absurdist comedies. This is Waiting For Godot On Ice with lots of insights into Life (capital "L" intended).

Don't see it if you only like shows with a plot. This has almost no story arc, but it does make you think and laugh.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious, Profound

See it if You're a Mark Rylance fan. This is him in all his quirky glory. Fun. Funny. Heartwarming and sweet.

Don't see it if You don't like quirky. This is weird but in the sweetest kindest way. It sneaks up on you and before you know it, it's touched your heart.

Funny, Confusing, Delightful

See it if you don't mind being confused at times if the payoff is funny, thoughtful moments delivered by an exceptional cast

Don't see it if prose poetry is too off-putting for you, you can't tolerate mundane or confusing moments

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Are a Mark Rylance fan, a man who is a chameleon brilliant actor. Quirky, funny engaging

Don't see it if don't like to think at the theater

Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You enjoy new, quirky plays

Don't see it if You don't like fish

Clever, Quirky, Surprising, Original, Entertaining

See it if you'll enjoy quirky & entertaining musings on the meaning of life written by the same guy who wrote Mark Rylance's Tony acceptance speeches.

Don't see it if the absence of plot and character development is a deal breaker, despite the show's other charms.

Great acting, Clever, Original, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you like mark rylance, who is an absolute treasure; if you are up for a witty, gently philosophical but very funny meditation on ... life.

Don't see it if you want action, DRAMA, music, or a fluffy show that won't challenge you or ask you to think.

Thoughtful, Funny, Endearing, Poetic

See it if You enjoy language and visual delights washing over you. Everyday "prose poems", rather than plot, are the basis, like "Love & Information."

Don't see it if You need a hard plotline and defined relationships; you prefer Taxi Driver over Prairie Home Companion in terms of tone

Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like Mark Rylance (who doesn't?), poetry, quirky humor and the Saint Ann's Warehouse (great new digs).

Don't see it if you want a solid story line and everything has to make 100% sense; you have to be able to go with the flow on this one.

Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Original, Profound

See it if Mark Rylance fan? See it. Brilliant set and theater environment. Thoughtful, absorbing play. I recommend it highly.

Don't see it if Why not go? Brooklyn / Dumbo too far? GMAB.

Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious, Original, Slow

See it if you want to enjoy an endearing performance by Mark Rylance & enjoy broad, existential conversations about the meaning of life.

Don't see it if you're easily confused with non-linear narratives. I'm sorry to say that I was one of the people who simply "didn't get it". =(

Enchanting, Funny, Quirky, Precise, Abstract

See it if you're fishing for whimsical entertainment that evokes a state of mind & offers insight into the leanings of legend in the making Rylance.

Don't see it if you think a play without a plot & character development wears out its welcome faster than yesterday's fish.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Original

See it if You like Mark Rylance. And if you enjoy theatre as a creative playground. It was an amusing and enjoyable production.

Don't see it if You're expecting a revelation based on word of mouth. You might be disappointed. The show is slight but extremely pleasurable.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You are in for a poetic treat of joyfulness

Don't see it if If you want a straight forward play with plot and storylines.

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Poetic

See it if You like poetry (and philosophy) in your theatre. You like Rylance. You like Beckett and Theatre of the Absurd. You are into existentialism?

Don't see it if You want clarity and action in your theatre.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

See it if You are willing to enjoy an "entertainment" rather than a play. Needed tightening. The men were excellent and in parts it was touching.

Don't see it if If it is a full blown play you want to see rather than an amusing device.

Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like Mark Rylance - he is such a delight on this stage

Don't see it if If you're looking for something a little more serious - this was cute and funny

Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you love visual and sound poetry, intelligent and subversive humor and Mark Rylance!

Don't see it if you look for linearity or definitiveness in storytelling

Clever, Confusing, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if if you are a Mark Rylance fan or a fan of clever design and staging. Poetry and Louis Jenkin fans will also enjoy it.

Don't see it if if you can't stand mildly pretentious theatre. The show isn't really about anything and never exceeds Waiting for Godot: On Ice.

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if Enjoy thoughtfulness. This is a play for true theatre lovers.

Don't see it if You don't like poetry you may not get it. This show is based on a series of poems that are somewhat esoteric.

Clever, Ambitious, Exquisite, Funny

See it if You like brilliant acting, clever staging, thought provoking prose and quirky humor

Don't see it if you prefer traditional narrative

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you want amazing acting. Rylance is in a class by himself!

Don't see it if you need a standard-structured play.

Delightful, Great staging, Intelligent, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you are in the mood for a brief, charming and well-done interlude with a Garrison Keillor like approach

Don't see it if you are seeking great poetry, meaningful insight or plot

Funny, Unique, Captivating, Entertaining

See it if you don't like Mark Rylance and want to have a glimpse at his mind.

Don't see it if you like a play with clear storyline.

Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Creative dialogue driven "mise en scene" poetic drama. Mark Rylance... amazing

Don't see it if You need a lot of action.

February 21st, 2016
"It took only a few minutes for the audience to simmer down and settle into the bewitching theatrical spell cast by 'Nice Fish,' The production has been expertly directed by Claire van Kampen, and features wonderful performances not just from Mr. Rylance but from four other gifted actors...A few ...
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February 22nd, 2016
"'Nice Fish' is a whimsical, ultimately resonant portrait of lost souls waiting to hook or be hooked...It’s all vaguely 'Waiting for Godot'–ish, and Jenkins makes a modest bid as a flyover-state Samuel Beckett. Generally, though, the ultimate lure is a chance to see a great actor like Rylance cut...
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February 21st, 2016
"'Nice Fish' has the flat, folksy vaudeville quality of that radio show ['A Prairie Home Companion'], with its rime of humor and undertow of malaise. But with Rylance bringing his usual brilliance to the proceedings, and with a magical production directed by Claire Van Kampen, the play is clearly...
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February 21st, 2016
"Featuring a hilarious deadpan performance by Mark Rylance, 'Nice Fish' is a great catch...'Nice Fish' is certainly disjointed and rambling, and its slow pace could provoke irritation among the less patient. But its whimsical observational humor is consistently amusing, and the performers delive...
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