The Verdict: Read Critics' Reviews of Constellations Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson

The Verdict   The Verdict: Read Critics' Reviews of Constellations Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson
Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson make their Broadway debuts in Nick Payne's Constellations, which opens on Broadway Jan. 13. What did critics think of the enigmatic and romantic two-hander?
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Presented by Manhattan Theatre Club, Constellations began performances Dec. 16, 2014, at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and will continue through March 15. Michael Longhurst directs.

Here's how the production is billed: "This mind-bending, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know – delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny."

The critics have filed their reviews, and has collected them for our readers. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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Wilson comes to Broadway having starred at the Donmar Warehouse in the title role of Anna Christie alongside Jude Law and as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, co-starring with Rachel Weisz. She won Oliver Awards for both performances. Her screen credits include "Jane Eyre," "Luther," "The Affair" and "Saving Mr. Banks."

Constellations reunites Gyllenhaal with Payne and Longhurst, who are also making their Broadway debuts with the production. The three previously collaborated on the American premiere of If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. Read's interview with Gyllenhaal and Payne here.

Constellations opened at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Upstairs before transferring to the West End, where it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Play.

Gyllenhaal made his New York stage debut in 2012 starring in If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. His stage credits also include This is Our Youth in the West End. The Academy Award nominee's film work includes "Brokeback Mountain," "Zodiac," "Love & Other Drugs" and "Donnie Darko."

Payne's writing includes Wanderlust, Sophocles' Electra, Lay Down Your Cross and The Same Deep Water As Me.

The creative team for Constellations includes Tom Scutt (scenic and costume design), Lee Curran (lighting design), David McSeveney (sound design) and Lucy Cullingford (movement direction).

The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is located at 261 West 47th Street. Visit for more information.

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