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.
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.