Nick Payne

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If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (US)

  • Annie Funke
  • Michelle Gomez
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Brian F. O'Byrne
    Roundabout Theatre, New York

    Nick Payne's black comedy about an ordinary family falling apart opened at the Roundabout Theatre in New York in September 2012, directed by Michael Longhurst. The play stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Gomez, Annie Funke and Brian O'Byrne and marked Michael, Nick and Jake's American theatre débuts.

    Surviving school as a fat kid is tough enough. When your mum’s a teacher, it’s hell. What’s more, Anna’s dad is obsessed with saving the world and her maverick uncle Terry is dossing on the couch.

    When Anna hits back at the bullies, she suspended from school and stuck at home with hapless Terry trying to save her. But Terry needs saving himself and, as the bond between the two deepens, Anna is swept up in a friendship she can’t live without.
    If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet

    Payne exudes none of his generation’s glib nihilism. His voice is quiet and quirky, his imagination bold. His plays aspire to intellectual and visual astonishment, combining curiosity and compassion into satisfying puzzles John Lahr
    New Yorker
    Full Review

    amusing and affecting... an ensemble piece in which everybody impresses. It’s a hell of a calling card for its writer

    Dominic Maxwell
    The Times
    Full Review

    Nick Payne’s brutally honest and tender family tale... stirring, humane, insightful work David Cote
    Time Out New York

    There is definite evidence here of Mr. Payne’s distinctive gifts, which embrace an ear for eloquently elliptical dialogue, a sharp-edged compassion and a searching double vision that balances the micro- and macrocosmic Ben Brantley
    The New York Times

    Nick Payne’s clever, edgy domestic drama.... [an] engaging, layered and thoughtfully-observed production
    The Washington Post

    blistering domestic drama Marilyn Stasio