Fish in the Dark

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    March 1, 2015

    What the popular press said...

    "Strangely, for a man who has done as much as anyone to redefine the tone of television sitcoms during the past few decades, Mr. David has written a play that, four-letter language aside, feels like a throwback to the mid-1960s."
    Ben Brantley for New York Times

    "The chronically amusing, if creakily old-school 'Fish in the Dark'...aims for, but just misses, the lofty territory of great 1960s Broadway comedies."
    Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

    "Larry David has no understudy in 'Fish in the Dark,' because he is the only reason you’d want to see this new comedy. If he’s out, there’s no show."
    Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

    "David’s humor seems best served on a 30 minute platter. Over two hours, this 'Fish' can feel a bit thin. However, minor quibbles aside, there will be no curbing audience enthusiasm here."
    Roma Torre for NY1

    "Anna D. Shapiro stages the hybrid sitcom-farce for maximum shine, and the mix of seasoned actors with David’s breezy script (about three TV episodes’ worth of plot windup) results in a night of huge, rolling laughs."
    David Cote for Time Out New York

    "Shrugging, grimacing and slow-burning through the show with easy confidence, David portrays Norman with his trademark anti-charm. As long as David cares to play in it, 'Fish in the Dark' undoubtedly will satisfy customers. The show is not going to win any critics’ awards, but it will make plenty of money."
    Michael Sommers for New Jersey Newsroom

    "David has never been an actor so much as an exaggerated version of himself, and that's exactly what’s called for in a performance played in knowing complicity with the audience."
    David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter

    "David may not be a convincing stage actor, but every word out of his mouth is funny."
    Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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