What is the Story of If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet?
Set in London, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet follows Anna, a 15-year-old girl who is constantly getting into trouble at school. Anna is targeted for her weight, and although she retaliates against her bullies, she usually ends up in the principal’s office. Anna’s parents are no help—her mother, who teaches at her school, only makes matters worse, while her writer father is so distracted with his new book about reducing carbon footprints that he has no time for anything else. When Anna’s outspoken, out-of-control Uncle Terry comes for an unexpected visit, he becomes an unlikely friend and confidante. But Terry’s counsel isn’t always the best advice for a young teenager, causing an even larger rift between the misunderstood Anna and her family.
Without leaking too many details, wonderfully unexpected things happen with water and props in director Michael Longhurst’s exciting, inventive staging.Review by Mark Kennedy from Associated Press
Amiable, scruffy, erratic, well-intentioned, full of promise and self-sabotaging—such is the nature of Terry, the stoner character with which the movie star Jake Gyllenhaal has chosen to make his very creditable New York stage debut.Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times
What is If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet Like?
On a sparse set with a deep trough of water lining the stage, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet is a series of short, cinematic scenes that range from light and silly to dark and powerful. Featuring innovative set design by Beowulf Boritt, furniture and household objects litter the stage. In each new scene, the actors use and remove the furniture, until only a stark, empty stage remains. The production tells the story of a family too preoccupied with the hustle of daily life to really communicate with one other. Most powerful, however, is the kind and understated relationship that Anna kindles with her dysfunctional Uncle Terry as each simultaneously struggle to find a place in the world.
Is If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet Good For Kids?
No. The production is the equivalent of a rated R movie, and includes expletives, simulated drug use, violent acts and fighting. If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet may be a good choice for older teens, but see the production first to determine whether they are mature enough to handle the play’s dark subject matter.