While some critics found Jez Butterworth’s Broadway import a mystery wrapped inside an enigma wrapped inside an onion, few had anything but raves for the Wolverine’s performance as an avocational fisherman with a thing for sea trout, single women and the poetry of Ted Hughes and William Butler Yeats. That’s made The River one of the hottest tickets in town, especially in the scarcity market created by a limited run inane of the Theater District’s smallest venues, the 696-seat Circle in The Square. Butterworth has been seeing his star rise on screen (for his work on Bond movies and the screenplays for Get On Up and Edge Of Tomorrow).
That’s now been eased up a bit with today’s announcement of a two-week extension that will add 16 performances to the run through February 8, 2015. The 85-minute drama, staged by Butterworth’s regular director Ian Rickson, was developed by British producer Sonia Friedman and first presented in a 90-set space at London’s Royal Court Theatre. The play, set in a woodsy solitary cabin overlooking a river, also stars Cush Jumbo and Laura Donnelly. Tickets range in price from $35 (good luck; there are 40 available per show, half available on day-of performance, the other half going on sale the Monday of the week of performance) to $275 for “premium” seating.