Those of you who follow this blog know that I like to fish. So when I read that there was a fishing theme to this play I was predisposed to like it before I even sat down. I also like Hugh Jackman, whose larger than life presence and quiet demeanor hook you right into this intimate play, made even more so at the Circle in the Square Theater.
There’s a Man, two Women and a fish.The man has a cabin on a river that is a special place for him. It’s where as a young boy he caught his very first fish, only to lose it. The rush of excitement of catching this fish is a feeling that he tries to explain to the women he brings to the cabin. But now the cabin has become something more. It’s a place where the man brings girlfriends trying to recapture the rush he felt from his first love, before that too was lost.
The staging is clever. The Man is on stage with Woman #1. She goes to the back of the cabin to get something and another Woman comes back in her stead. It’s not a parallel universe as in Constellations, it’s a history that keeps repeating itself with different women. Can the man ever learn to enjoy what he has in hand or will he continue to fish for what has been lost? Jackman reels you in and you can sense his struggle as he tries to land the “big one”. LAR
Circle in the Square Theater: 1633 Broadway (at 50th Street)
Ticket price: $25-$175, most seats $95 (keep in mind that all seats in this theater are good)
Runs thru: February 8, 2015
Running time: 85 minutes