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.
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". =(
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.
See it if You want to see the great Mark Rylance on stage. But even he can't elevate this material into something very interesting.
Don't see it if You want a play with a plot. 90 minutes of unrelated poetic prose set on a frozen lake does not make a play.
See it if You like interesting sets and unusual settings (ice floe!).
Don't see it if You are looking for a plot, interesting characters or any redeeming social message. It has none of that, or anything else very memorable.
See it if you are a Rylance fan. He never disappoints.
Don't see it if you like linear theatre. This one bounces all over the place. More of en evening of disconnected philosophical rumination than a play.