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Review: The Shark is Broken is Jaw(s) Droppingly Funny
August 10, 2023, 10:00.38 pm ET


Photos: Matthew Murphy

By Brian Scott Lipton

As famously said in the classic film “Casablanca” – and now being repeated eight times a week at the Golden Theatre towards the end of the hilarious new play “The Shark is Broken” -- the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. But when the problems belong to three frustrated actors, Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss, who are stranded for weeks on a boat during the troubled filming of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 blockbuster “Jaws,” they do amount to 95 minutes of almost non-stop laughter.

Further, with the savvy direction of Guy Masterson guiding Ian Shaw (as his late father), Colin Donnell (as Scheider) and Alex Brightman (as Dreyfuss) to perfect performances and mining the clever script (by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon) for some philosophical pondering, the work – much like “Jaws” -- acquires just the right amount of depth to feel more than just lightweight summer fare. Continue reading...