“The River”: My FT Review

The Financial Times has published my review of “The River,” by Jez Butterworth. Bottom line: When the play ‘premiered two years ago at the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs in London, it quickly became a hot ticket. In its new Broadway incarnation, directed again by Ian Rickson, the play is still highly popular, thanks to its star, Hugh Jackman (pictured), but the move to a larger space – Circle in the Square has seven times as many seats as the Royal Court – has drained away intimacy and tension. Gone missing: much of what is necessary to make this 85-minute production as taut as Butterworth’s skilful text requires.’

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