Fish Eye

by  Lucas Kavner

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 2f

"A time-scrambled, hyper-local portrait of a failing relationship" -- Time Out New York

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

At a bar across from a falafel place, Max and Anna meet again, or is it for the first time? A funny and emotionally raw portrait of a couple struggling to hold on to one another without losing themselves, Fish Eye explodes the traditional chronology of romance and offers a modern take on the exhiliration of love – when nothing means everything and everything means nothing – and the entire world can shrink down to a single moment.

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“Kavner proves he has something to add to the modern romance canon, writing concise and insightful dialogue that effortlessly flows from scene to scene as it amuses.” - TheatreMania, Read More

“What makes Kavner’s work worthwhile is that he’s a keen observer of human behavior. And his dialogue is so true to life, it’s like eavesdropping on real people. Like when Avery tells Anna: 'You’re really this beautiful thing…' The same could be said of this compact and cannily drawn work.“ - NY Daily News, 4 STARS, Read More 

"Despite the title, 'Fish Eye' never feels distorted. It’s not simply that the play is marbled with well-observed details; it’s that they make up most of the dialogue. Jay just barely oversteps with Anna. Max doesn’t quite discourage real people, Kavner’s characters say the words just to the left of the words they’d like to be saying." - Variety, Read More

“In Lucas Kavner’s lovely 'Fish Eye,' a time-scrambled, hyper-local portrait of a failing relationship, our closeness underlines the production’s cinematic level of care. Blessed with a charismatic acting ensemble and a playwright skilled at sweetly funny dialogue, the production offers a portrait in extreme close-up… the piece succeeds as scrupulous character study and ravishing, hyperrealistic portrait.” —Time Out New York, 4 STARS, Critic's Pick

”[Kavner] has a gift for artfully underwritten, unaffectedly colloquial, and uproarious dialogue.“ - New York Magazine, Critic's Pick


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    A studio apartment in Brooklyn. 

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 2f

MAX - mid to late 20s
ANNA - mid to late 20s
AVERY - mid to late 20s
JAY - late 20s


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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting


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Lucas Kavner

Lucas Kavner's plays include Fish Eye (Time Out and New York Magazine Critic’s Picks, included in New York Magazine's Best Theatre of the Year), Carnival Kids (NY Times Critics Pick, recently optioned for film), The Gum Play (EST/Sloan commission), Clickshare, and Barnes & Noble: Frisco, Texas, (solo show, Ars Nova). H ...

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Fish Eye premiered at HERE Arts Center in June 2011, presented by Colt Coeur, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt.

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