Why See Fish in the Dark?
Pretty, pretty, pretty good
His misanthropic grump memorably starred in The Producers on Curb Your Enthusiasm, yet Fish in the Dark marked Larry David's has first time treading the boards. Having written the play and starred in the lead role of Norman Drexel, he now hands over to fellow Seinfeld alumnus Jason Alexander. The comedy boldly explores the subject matter of death and family in a way that only Larry David can. No outrageous stone is left unturned as the Drexel family comes to term with their grief.
Larry David first came to prominence as the co-creator of 90s comedy Seinfeld, the 'show about nothing' which introduced the world to Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine (and Newman) during its hugely successful nine season run. After leaving Seinfeld, David returned with Curb Your Enthusiasm, a largely improvisational sitcom which delights in engineering one socially awkward situation after another for its central character (David, playing a version of himself). He's also appeared in Woody Allen's Whatever Works, and directed TV movie Clear History for HBO.
As if David's name wasn't enough, Fish in the Dark has some considerable pedigree when it comes to the other creatives. The play is under the stewardship of powerhouse film and theatre producer Scott Rudin, who scored recent Broadway hits with A Raisin in the Sun and This is our Youth. The director is Anna D. Shapiro, who won a Tony Award in 2008 for her work on August: Osage County and whose credits also include the James Franco starring Of Mice and Men.
WHAT IS FISH IN THE DARK ABOUT?
Norman Drexl's life is entering a tailspin. His father died in hospital and with his last breath charged his son with the responsibility of taking care of his mother. But which son did he mean? Neither Norman nor his brother Arthur are exactly thrilled about the idea... With a funeral on the horizon, the neurotic Norman must survive a gathering of his own family amidst constant sibling rivalry and bickering with Arthur and an outrageously uncensored world view.
Previews from: 2 February 2015
Opening night: 5 March 2015
May not be appropriate for children aged 11 years old and younger
Two hours and 15 minutes including one intermission
Cast and Creative
Jason Alexander as Norman Drexel
Glenne Headley as Brenda Drexel
Ben Shenkman as Arthur Drexel
Lewis J. Stadlen as Stewie Drexel
Marylouise Burke as Rose Kanter
Rosie Perez as Fabiana Melendez
Jerry Adler as Sidney Drexel
Jayne Houdyshell as Gloria Drexel
Jake Cannavale as Diego Melendez
Jonny Orsini as Greg
Molly Ranosn as Natalie Drexel
Jen Lyon as Michelle
Maria Elena Ramirez as Nurse Ramirez
Rachel Resheff as Jessica Drexel
Joel Rooks as Doctor Meyers
Jeff Still as Jay Leventhal
Kenneth Tigar as Harry Kanter
Richard Topol as Doctor Stiles
Writer - Larry David
Director - Anna D. Shapiro
Original Music - David Yazbek
Producer - Scott Rudin
Scenic Design - Todd Rosenthal
Costume design - Ann Roth
Lighting design - Brian MacDevitt
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