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

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". =(

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.

Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

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.

Slow, Disappointing, Banal

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.

Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Confusing, Slow

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.

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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