Ends Sep 29 | 1h 50m | Midtown W

Sea Wall / A Life (Broadway)

From 71 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

About the show

After a sold-out run at The Public Theater, this intimate evening of solo work starring Jake Gyllenhaal ("Sunday in the Park with George") and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge ("1984") comes to Broadway.  More…

Sturridge, in his third collaboration with Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens ("Heisenberg," "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"), performs "Sea Wall," a monologue about love and the human need to know the unknowable.

Gyllenhaal continues his artistic collaboration with Olivier Award-nominated playwright Nick Payne ("Constellations," "If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet") in "A Life," a meditation on how we say goodbye to those we love most. 

1h 50m | Ends Sep 29 | Hudson Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (71)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow, Great acting

See it if you like slow plays with long monologues.

Don't see it if you want a high energy show.

Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Great acting

See it if Actors almost overcoming underwhelming plays

Don't see it if Want interesting story with forward momentum

During previews
Pretentious, Good actors, Banal, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want to see the actors in person.

Don't see it if you want to have a theatrical experience.

Also The production is TV ready. Two medium monologues that try to be profo... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you are a fan of the actors, they do a decent acting job with banal material from 2 different/related monologues.

Don't see it if I found the play tedious, and underwhelming. The subject material should of been more moving, but it wasn't, perhaps the fault of the venue.

Also The play probably was more intimate at the Public where it was first p... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if aren't expecting anything revelatory.

Don't see it if you're expecting anything you can't find off-Broadway without stars.

During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Cliched, Banal, Great acting

See it if You appreciate brilliantly-delivered, albeit rambling monologues that jump from story to story from two very talented actors.

Don't see it if The frenetic, wistful storylines jumping back and forth will bore you. Incredible acting, but ultimately tragic material.

During previews
Dull, static unmoving

See it if you like mediocre Moth stories

Don't see it if you expect anything dynamic to happen on stage.

August 8th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "Quiet Tragicomedies of Love and Loss: In a tender pair of monologues, Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal portray young fathers shaken out of complacency."
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August 8th, 2019
★★★ "Pairing two shows back-to-back sometimes brings out the best in both; sometimes, it only makes the virtues of one of them shine brighter. The latter is the case in 'Sea Wall/A Life'...Both deal with grief…But in every regard, the first of the two puts the second in the shade."
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August 8th, 2019
B+ "Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge will make you cry in 'Sea Wall/A Life'"
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August 8th, 2019
"The writing in these separate monologues is excellent, as are the solo performances, but this is no show to see on a first date."
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