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

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You love brilliant theater.

Don't see it if You don't like good theater.

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you want to see some incredible acting, if you like Waiting for Godot, if you are from the Midwest, if your partner is from the Midwest...

Don't see it if you want to see a concrete plot.

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Original, Must see

See it if You love poetry, Louis Jenkins, Mark Rylance, transcendent set, out of the box theater.

Don't see it if You're looking for something traditional.

Original, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Someone said it was 'Waiting For Godot' on ice. That pretty much says it except NICE FISH is much more comprehensible and entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't like Mark Rylance.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to be intellectually stimulated and laugh at the same time it's delightfully different good change of pace would highly recommend

Don't see it if Your looking for a slap stick Comedy or just a comedy for that matter it will make you think

Funny, Great acting, Clever, Original, Quirky

See it if You admire Mark Rylance's acting, Lewis Jenkins's slightly quirky poetry, and off-Broadway theatre with minimalist scenery

Don't see it if you like B-I-G glitzy productions with predictable plots and endings

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Great staging, Slow, Excruciating

See it if You want to see something different. The set and lighting were very good. Acting was good but play itself was very boring.

Don't see it if You like fast paced shows. This is excruciatingly slow.

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if you want a masterful, deadpan performance by the great Mark Rylance. About eccentrics ice fishing on a lake in Minnesota. An absurdist gem!

Don't see it if you can't get absurdism.

During previews
Poetic, unique, brilliant acting, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Skin of Our Teeth set on a Minnesota ice lake. Brilliant and poetic with magnficent acting from all, especially Rylance. Ending is exquisite

Don't see it if You only like "conventional" theater.

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Too long for what it is, Interesting concept

See it if You want to see Rylance brilliantly take on a totally different character. If you like the poet's work. If you like bizarre, poetic theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like bizarre plays, you want something w/ a more compelling structure. The play's concept works well but can't sustain 95 minutes.

During previews
Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you'd enjoy day in the life of rural characters & occasional fishing. Funny non sequiturs about human experience made vibrant by great cast.

Don't see it if dialog composed of pithy, often humorous, observational prose poetry is not for you. Must listen closely to excavate gems before next scene.

For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if You can appreciate something a bit different.

Don't see it if You don't like Mark Rylance and humorous poetry.

For a previous production
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You can handle non-linear story telling.

Don't see it if You like a lot of special effects and 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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