Written by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop
Casting – Jack Doulin and Sharky Williams
"As Ray, Mr. Breaux gives a performance of remarkable dexterity. It takes a very smart actor to play dumb as well as he does, mining Ray’s inarticulateness for humor that is never cruel."
"Breaux, onstage for the play’s entirety, deserves some sort of endurance medal for spending so much of the show so damp, clad only in the titular tiny swimsuit and horrendous back tattoo, stripped even of body hair. Rarely has an actor had to do so much, while wearing so little.”
"It could not have been easy to find an actor to play Ray. Alex Breaux beautifully embodies not only Ray’s physicality but his pathos. ... When he tips his head to the side and conks the opposite ear, as swimmers do, the look on his face suggests he’s not just emptying his head of water but of actual thoughts. It takes some very smart acting to get that kind of unintelligence just right.”
"With thrilling shifts of sweetness, affection, desperation and violence brimming just below the surface, he [Alex Breaux] plays Ray…”
"Munching carrot sticks, his body shaved for faster movement in the water and his back totally covered with the tattoo of a grotesque, ink-black symbol of a coiled serpent designed to wow the press, Alex Breaux literally becomes immersed in the role of Ray.”
"Standing center—in a red swimsuit, munching on those carrots—is Breaux, who gives a remarkable performance."
"Breaux, spending the entire play clad only in the titular swimwear, certainly has the requisite sinewy physique, and is so scarily convincing in conveying his character's dimness that it's a relief to read in the program that he went to Harvard and Juilliard.”
"The play's pivotal character is Hnath's most remarkable creation and as played by Alex Breaux, the play's most unforgettably riveting performance. Breaux plays dumb to perfection and just as effectively reveals Ray to be pretty smart about self promotion…"