Being an American, I don't usually pay much attention to the Olivier Awards (Britain's version of the Tony's), but this year I have reason to stay tuned: Nice Fish, the Guthrie-transplant show spearheaded by the incomparable Mark Rylance, is nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy!
I went to London in December to see my acting teacher Raye Birk, and Guthrie regulars Jim Lichtscheidl and Bob Davis (with whom I've also briefly had the pleasure of working in various capacities), in the show, which up until February was playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre on London's West End. The show was just as delightful in its reworked form as it had been when I originally saw it at the Guthrie, and the nomination is well-deserved. Leave it to Mark Rylance to somehow get Brits to connect to a show about ice fishing in Minnesota.
Congratulations to the entire cast and production staff of Nice Fish! I'll be hoping you catch the big one on April 9th!