Theater Review - Money Fish - Sometimes It Takes A Journey To Find Yourself



The Money Fish - John Cox - photo by Michael Lamont

Sounds of water and sea gulls pervade the air as blackness surrounds the audience putting them in the mood of the boat as the star comes on stage.


Seldom do young adults know what they want until they stumble into it.  John Cox, who wrote and performed The Money Fish, demonstrates his true story going from a cocky young Army Airborne Ranger to being a greenhorn commercial fisherman on Alaska's Bering Sea who realized he really knew nothing at all.


The Money Fish - John Cox - photo by Michael Lamont.

For three years he worked - surviving brutal tests, foul weather, storms (both internal and external) as he grows to conquer his fears and to understand himself and find a better life.


One man shows can be good or bad.  This one, despite being a bit long, and his baby face, which makes you wonder at the beginning if the story is true, was excellent.  At times, it was amusing - like his description of meeting the family of killer whales and watching then protect their young - and other times, horrifying as he held his dying friend who'd been hit by a loose pulley in his lap. 


The Money Fish - John Cox - photo by Michael Lamont.

Using not only different voices and gestures for the various characters within the story, John Cox came across with authentic emotions and a compelling story.  His instincts are powerful and he's a discovery as an actor.   He should be blessed with much success.  Hopefully, he'll find a top agent soon!


After his several years working in Alaska, he now works - in between acting gigs  - as a longshoreman on the docks of San Pedro and Long Beach. 


The Money Fish - John Cox - photo by Michael Lamont.

Sometimes to find yourself you have to journey to the end of the world to understand what you need.  John's final words indicate that he has learned what he not only wants but needs in his life.   Realizing that his passion was acting, he pursued it while being coached to write his own story. 

The Money Fish - John Cox - photo by Michael Lamont.


Produced by Mike Abramson, directed by Michael Arabian, Money Fish was costumed by Michael Mullen with lighting by Leigh Allen, set by John Iacovelli with sound by Julie Ferrin.


Performances run from October 1 through November 22, 2015, and held Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3  p.m.  Tickets run $20 and can be had by calling 323 960 7780 or going to Hudson Theatre.

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