It's been over-three years since TV viewers have last seen Larry David act hilariously inappropriate on his hit HBO sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but soon fans will get the chance to see the comedian in a whole new role. On March 3, David will be taking the stage at the Cort Theatre starring in a brand-new Broadway comedy, written by none other than Larry David himself.
The play, which is inspired by the death of a friend's father, will feature David as the character of Norman Drexel, co-starring with the likes of Rita Wilson, Rosie Perez and Ben Shenkman. The play is directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro (“August: Osage County”) and is being produced by Scott Rudin (“The Book of Mormon”). “Fish in the Dark” will run for 18 weeks with previews beginning on Feb. 2 before the March 5 opening. Although there isn't much in-depth information available about the plot, with a script written by David, who previously teamed-up with Jerry Seinfeld as a writer and co-creator of “Seinfeld,” we have a feeling that it will be “Pretty, pretty good.”
The possibility of a ninth season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” remains a big question mark for the cast and crew of the show. During a 2013 Reddit AMA, Jeff Garlin, who plays David's friend and manager Jeff Greene on the show, revealed that he hoped that the improv-based series would return. “I hope so. It looks good. But I won't even say very good, just good, but i hope so,” he said. More recently, David shared that the odds weren't in the favor of “Curb” returning for another season. “I got so much grief from the 'Seinfeld' finale, which a lot of people intensely disliked, that I no longer feel a need to wrap things up,” he told Bill Simmons in December of last year.
David describes the inspiration behind “Fish in the Dark” in a short video featuring members of the cast. “My close friend, his father died, and he started telling me about it and it just sounded like a great play,” David explains before quickly clarifying his own statement. “Not that this is great, but it's like a great idea for a play.” The clip also features his co-star Rosie Perez saying that her first interactions with David were “very weird.”
Although many were hoping that David's return to the stage would involve stand-up, “Fish in the Dark” promises to give audiences a humorous theatre experience from the brilliant comedic mind of Larry David. Click here to pick up tickets to see “Fish in the Dark” in New York City and keep reading AXS for more comedy news, reviews and tour announcements.