Jake Gyllenhaal has won over notoriously tough theatre critics to land a slew of "dazzling" reviews for his star turn in Constellations on Broadway.
The Hollywood actor makes his Broadway debut opposite British actress Ruth Wilson in Nick Payne's play, which opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater in New York City on Tuesday night (13Jan15), and they have both won high praise for playing star-crossed lovers in the drama.
Ben Brantley of The New York Times describes the pair as "perfectly matched" and brands Gyllenhaal's performance "magnificent", adding, "It's no surprise that Ms. Wilson, a two-time Olivier Award winner, is comfortable with her role's demands. But Mr. Gyllenhaal, whose theatre experience is more limited, is every bit as persuasive..."
The New York Post's Elisabeth Vincentelli praises Gyllenhaal as "subtly wonderful" and calls Wilson "tremendous", while Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News writes, "The cast is swoon-worthy. Gyllenhaal is laid-back and ever-genuine as the passive Roland. Wilson... is sensual and irresistibly carefree - a perfect foil. Together, they have something elusive: combustible chemistry."
Linda Winer of Newsday calls the show "dazzling" and The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney concludes, "Constellations is... a richly affecting experience. That's thanks to the sensitivity of the writing, but also to the warmth, humour and vitality invested in it by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, giving two astonishing performances in a production... that's as rigorous as it is tender."
The rave reviews come as an extra boost for Wilson just days after she won a Golden Globe award for her role in TV drama The Affair.