The Verdict: The Critics Review The River, Starring Hugh Jackman on Broadway

The Verdict   The Verdict: The Critics Review The River, Starring Hugh Jackman on Broadway
The River, the new mysterious drama from acclaimed Jerusalem playwright Jez Butterworth that unfolds in a remote cabin in the woods, officially opened on Broadway Nov. 16 at the Circle in the Square.
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

Sonia Friedman Productions presents the limited 13-week engagement that began previews Oct. 31 and will continue through Jan. 25, 2015. The 85-minute play had its premiere in 2012 at the Royal Court Theatre. Ian Rickson (Jerusalem), who helmed the London premiere of the play, again directs.

A key draw to the production is The River's intimate setting at the 776-seat Circle in the Square, which puts audiences up close to Hollywood and Broadway star Jackman. All seats for the production's "Riverbank Seating," which places audience members inches away from the action, have sold-out for the entire limited engagement.

Jackman (The Boy from Oz, A Steady Rain, "Les Misérables") is joined by original London cast member Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo, who was seen in the all-female version of Julius Caesar at St. Ann's Warehouse last fall.

According to producers, "On a moonless evening, a man brings his new girlfriend to a remote cabin for a night of trout-fishing. But before the night is over, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems... and as memory collides with desire, the truth becomes the most elusive catch of all."

  The critics are filing their reviews. will continue to update our list of Broadway reviews as they come in.


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Each Monday theatregoers are able to purchase advance $35 tickets for the current week of performances at the Circle in the Square box office. Twenty tickets per performance are available. The customers will receive a receipt, and the tickets will be held in their name at the box office to pick up on the day of the show. Photo ID and receipt will be required.

A separate group of 20 tickets are available at $35 for day-of performances, which go on sale when the box office opens at 10 AM (noon for Sunday performances).

The River has production design by Ultz, with lighting by Charles Balfour, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and music by Stephen Warbeck.

For tickets, visit or phone (800) 447-7400.

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