A Day by the Sea
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A Day by the Sea

A Day by the Sea NYC Reviews and Tickets

(121 Ratings)
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Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the Show

The Mint Theater Company revives N.C. Hunter's forgotten 1953 play, a warm and often humorous depiction of the 'crisis' of middle age.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (121)

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774 Reviews | 246 Followers
Funny, Enchanting, Profound, Intelligent, Introspective

See it if Beautiful language, wonderful characters, regrets, fears and hopes ... an insightful, melancholy contemplation of life.

Don't see it if You prefer more action and intensity.

141 Reviews | 28 Followers
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy dramas about the heart!

Don't see it if don't like dramas. only like special effects.

77 Reviews | 23 Followers
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy well-written observations on life, superbly acted by wonderfully talented actors

Don't see it if you're impatient -- this play's ruminations on mid-life crisis and aging are in no hurry, but the two-intermission pace is part of the charm

63 Reviews | 13 Followers
Rare, chekhovian, literate, stylish, profound

See it if You're an Anglophile, you're impressed with wit, language, a consummate ensemble, a gracious contemplation of stylishly facing aging.

Don't see it if You're a hipster with ADHD who needs bells and whistles. This revival is a classy throwback to the best of Gielgud's era.

181 Reviews | 39 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You'd enjoy a terrifically acted, directed & produced English gem from the '50s. A play w/ wry humour, observations about humanity, & heart.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play with a lot of action or something experimental. This is a straight forward play in 3 acts (or something short!).

159 Reviews | 20 Followers
Relevant, Refreshing, Masterful, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if As usual, a play that showcases a wonderful story with clever staging!

Don't see it if You prefer to skip quality productions.

370 Reviews | 81 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you'd like to see a rarely performed older show with a traditional plot structure, strong character development and excellent acting,

Don't see it if You dislike revivals and prefer more modern, edgy drama with more action,

107 Reviews | 19 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy an old fashion play with great dialogue, great performances and great staging.It's like watching PBS live.

Don't see it if You only enjoy 80 minute, intermissionless shows about dysfunctional families

Critic Reviews (31)

The New York Times
August 25th, 2016

"This is a very well made play, and Austin Pendleton, the director, gets the most out of it…Mr. Elfer is terrific, and so is Ms. Firth, whose Frances gradually emerges during this two-intermission play as the most complex character on the stage. Their pas de deux is a beautiful study in conversations never had, or had too late…Miss Mathieson isn’t around much, but what Ms. McKie does with her one big scene, a confessional moment of yearning, is heart-stopping."
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Time Out New York
August 25th, 2016

"Apart from the easily parodied genteel surface of Hunter’s work, one is struck by its derivativeness. At moments, it’s as if Hunter wrote on tracing paper laid over 'Uncle Vanya.' Of course, there are worse talents to ape, and Hunter is a sensitive observer of English neuroses and resilience. The fine cast navigates the quippy, stiff-upper-lipness with vibrant grace…A melancholy study of middle-age malaise leavened by flashes of wit and humor, good for 'Downton Abbey' addicts."
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The Wall Street Journal
August 25th, 2016

"The Mint has outdone itself with its latest effort…It is that rarest of rarities, a forgotten masterpiece, acted by the best ensemble cast I’ve seen in recent seasons and staged with taut vitality by Pendleton…Ms. Firth, a familiar face to fans of the Mint, and Mr. Elfer, who is new to me, are as good as they could possibly be, though no more so than the eight other members of the cast, all of whom give vividly drawn performances…Everything about this staging is as right as the play itself."
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August 25th, 2016

"While the feelings presented in this play are universal, they're strained by the three-act structure, with too little action to justify its length…While 'A Day by the Sea' is surprisingly relevant (loneliness never goes out of style), Pendleton's production, no matter how attractive it is, cannot overcome the tediousness of the script…Despite Pendleton managing to guide a few of the cast members to performances of genuine ache, most of the company is too actorly to be truly believable."
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September 4th, 2016

"'A Day by the Sea' is now receiving a jewel of a production by the Mint Theater Company, directed with deft delicacy by Austin Pendleton...It's the second act when the sparks start flying and the drama gets intense...While missed opportunities and dim futures are the major themes of the play, they contrast with Hunter's language and the setting's nostalgic elegance, giving 'A Day by the Sea' a bucolic beauty that tries to defend against the darkness of reality."
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Lighting & Sound America
August 26th, 2016

"Such delicate materials need the most careful handling, and it's a good thing the Mint has engaged Austin Pendleton, a director who sifts meaning from the subtlest of details. He has assembled a cast that knows exactly how to dig under their characters' polite surfaces in search of the quiet torments that afflict them…Once again, we are in debt to the Mint for bringing to our attention a playwright we should have known better all along."
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Talkin' Broadway
August 25th, 2016

"The play's length and its three-act structure seem ill advised...Most of the subplots and interrelationships between the characters are interesting in themselves, but they are not woven together very well by the playwright — a flaw exacerbated in the Mint production by the flaccid direction of Austin Pendleton…Whatever flaws exist in the show's direction and some details of the performances, the Mint has given 'A Day by the Sea' a typically gorgeous, thoroughly professional production."
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August 30th, 2016

“‘A Day by the Sea’’s first act is entirely made up of exposition and back stories, and Austin Pendleton’s leisurely direction makes the play slower than it needs to be. And then in the second of the play’s three acts all of the characters seem to have a catharsis as to what their lives might be and the temperature heats up. The casting could not be better and the play turns extremely poignant as Hunter’s characters must come face to face with the choices they have made.”
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