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'The River,' with Hugh Jackman, is a wisp of a fish tale
'The River,' with Hugh Jackman, is a wisp of a fish tale

If Hugh Jackman decided to headline a musical tribute to the Yellow Pages, Broadway theatergoers would line up around Times Square. But the Tony-winning song-and-dance man/"X-Men" franchise star's latest project is one that is likely to elude whole swaths of his fan base. Jackman stars in "The River," an enigmatic wisp of a drama by Jez Butterworth, the English playwright whose play "Jerusalem" was the occasion of one of Mark Rylance's recent Tony-winning turns of whirlwind virtuosity. "The River, "which opened Sunday at Broadway's Circle in the Square, isn't made of the same flamboyant mettle. Instead of torrential monologues...

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