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

Delightful, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you can't miss anything Mark Rylance does and you have a great affinity for whimsy.

Don't see it if you need a story and characters to hook into for an hour and forty five minute swim upstream.

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Original

See it if Mark Rylance is masterful in this beautifully paced piece of theater. As is the rest of the cast. Simple reflections on life.

Don't see it if you're expecting Jerusalem or Richard III. Totally different set of actor muscles from Mr. Rylance.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Unusual

See it if you're interested in an unorthodox production that combines amusing poetry with remarkably creative staging and excellent acting

Don't see it if you require plays with plot and character development

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love Mark Rylance, he does not disappoint. The play is funny and sweet. The set is gorgeous!

Don't see it if If you want a plot. This is a series of conversations and monologues that require you to just sit back and enjoy.

Enchanting, Funny, Great writing, Profound, Quirky

See it if You enjoy a cerebral, poetic experience. Nihilism has never felt so positive or uplifting. If you like Waiting for Godot you'll feel at home

Don't see it if You just want to watch a story. Where things happen. Or get frustrated when things don't make sense.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Confusing, Great acting, Original

See it if Theatre of the Absurd is your thing

Don't see it if you need a plot to remain engaged

Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Original

See it if you love Mark Rylance. I saw the original because I loved Matthew Cowles and then fell for Mark Rylance.

Don't see it if you don't like whimsical.

Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Original

See it if you're looking for something different

Don't see it if you're big on plot

Great acting, Confusing, Original, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you like Mark Rylance (and who doesn't?). This is an original, quirky productions that is thought-provoking and existential, yet endearing.

Don't see it if you are drawn to plot-driven, literal, classical theater. This play is experiential and thought-provoking. However, it is fun to watch.

Slow, Indulgent, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if If you go into the woods, the backcountry, someplace past all human habitation, it is a good thing to wear orange and carry a gun

Don't see it if Older people are exiting this life as if it were a movie… "I didn’t get it," they are saying. He says, "It didn’t seem to have any plot."

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Confusing, Quirky

See it if You like Mark Rylance or want to see a quirky play that makes you think about life

Don't see it if If you're looking for a straight forward play with a plot/storyline.

Original, Quirky, Lovely fun!, Cleverly staged

See it if You share my belief that Mark Rylance is a bloody genius.

Don't see it if You fear you won't like piquant, odd, disconnected bits of Billy Collins-ish poems, staged.

Enchanting, Clever, Delightful, Original, Quirky

See it if you like beautiful poetry, want a good laugh, and/or like and/or love Mark Rylance.

Don't see it if you want a very traditional theater experience.

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Confusing, Quirky

See it if Enjoy Mark Rylance acting a bit crazy like absurd and ironic humor

Don't see it if looking for a coherent plot

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Poetic, Original

See it if Love Mark Rylance.

Don't see it if Expect linear action. This is a philosophical and reflective piece.

Great writing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Original

See it if You like poetry, Minnesota, and Mark Rylance. The set and design is amazing. And the acting and poetry are worth it.

Don't see it if you need a story arc.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Refreshing

See it if No if about it. See Mark Rylance every chance you get. Fun play - quirky, episodic - draw a moral from it or don't. Up to you.

Don't see it if You need a play to have a start-to-finish narrative and obvious moral.

Unique, well acted, thought provoking

See it if You like Mark Rylance: he does not disappoint. If you want to see clever staging. If you can tolerate prose poetry as non-linear drama.

Don't see it if You are looking for customary dramatic development. If you can't just relax and enjoy wildly different live entertainment. If you don't have

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.

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you follow Mark Rylance any where he goes. He perfects a number of styles: he's in his quirky, Americana element here.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy stream of consciousness.

Ambitious, Great acting, Delightful, Slow, Quirky

See it if You want something different and fresh.

Don't see it if You get bored easily...

Great acting, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing

See it if you loved Mark Rylance.

Don't see it if you don't love Mark Rylance.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy comedy. This show contains exquisite acting. The words the characters speak make you laugh and fill you with joy.

Don't see it if You don't like to smile. This play brightens your day and the emotions the actors exhibit send out waves of happiness, causing you to smile.

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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