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Perez Reviews: If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet

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We applaud Jake Gyllenhaal for choosing to star in a play in New York and making his off-Broadway debut in If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet at the Roundabout Theater Company.

BUT….

We have to seriously question his judgement! Why did he decide to star in this play? He could have his choice of Broadway or off-Broadway material, yet Gyllenhaal chose and obtuse and languid talker about climate change and teen bullying.

Maybe those two issues are really close to his heart, but his brain should have picked a better vehicle for his considerable talents!

Gyllenhaal gives a dynamic, endearing and masterful performance in the play, which is superfluously set in modern-day England. Jake does deliver a more than credible - truly incredible - British accent, but it would have served the production better if the play was set in America for its New York debut.

In addition to Gyllenhaal's terrific performance, the scenic design and staging for If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet are both truly great. The other actors are fine enough.

Yet despite all that, the show is pretty unbearable! Nick Payne's interweaving stories and dramatic storytelling lacked the skill and punch that we saw recently in Grace.

Shame.

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7 comments to “Perez Reviews: If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet

  1. TEMPE says – reply to this


    1

    Whats unbearable is your writing skills. Why call this post " Perez reviews.." why not , "hey, I went to a play and saw this" ?
    You are no "reviewer".
    Hack !

  2. Rebecca Murphy says – reply to this


    2

    Shame on you. I saw this play and not only was Jake amazing but so was the 3 other actors. It took a lot of guts for that girl to do what she did. And American play…. half the plays on Broadway are non-American plays. I think Jake chose very wisely for his debut. Just becuase you go out and see a bunch of plays does not make you qualified to be a critic. Stick to your day job!

  3. Jon Mitchell says – reply to this


    3

    The play and the performances are all terrific - an innovative, moving and funny production. I think it's just over your tiny little head - which seems to be shrinking as fast as you gut.



  4. 4

    I deduce from your meager "review" that you relentlessly badgered Mr. Gyllenhaal through social media to come see you in Newsical, even sending over free tickets, and he ignored you & the tickets went unused.



  5. 5

    So, you star in one play that is basically based on your life and suddenly you are a theater critic? Give me a break.



  6. 6

    please tell me what in the hinky-heehee qualifies YOU to critique literature?

  7. teeter totter says – reply to this


    7

    IF I ever went back to NYC (doubtful) I would not want to spend big bucks on a depressing play like this one.