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A Delicate Ship

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Lovely, Beautifully acted

About the show

The Playwrights Realm opens their 15-16 season with Anna Ziegler's poetic play about a haunting love triangle that triggers an unexpected chain of events. More…

It's Christmas Eve and Sarah and Sam are celebrating with an old-fashioned New York debate about existential suffering – a special type of foreplay in a new relationship like theirs. But then there is knock on the door, and Sarah’s childhood best friend Nate stands at the threshold. And suddenly suffering becomes a whole lot less sexy. A kaleidoscopic look at one night in New York City that changes the lives of three people forever.

Member Reviews (6)


Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Lovely, Beautifully acted
Avg Score

Lovely, Great acting, Small, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see great performances in a sweet little play.

Don't see it if you have trouble with characters turning out and narrating.

Great acting, Crisp direction, Thought-provoking, Dramatic

See it if tend to reflect on what-ifs and the roads not taken; you wonder if you are like your parents, you have romantic exes who still haunt you

Don't see it if you dislike relationship dramas, fourth-wall-breaking philosophizing about the meaning of time

Intelligent, Absorbing, Beautifully acted, Modest, Fluidly staged

See it if you appreciate see-worthy new work that's as emotional as it is literate, with a yar ensemble that's wonderfully alert to each other.

Don't see it if it's hard to connect with characters who quite Kierkegaard. The play is delicate & small, so won't appeal if you want set& costume changes.

Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a contemporary play about young (30something) people trying to sort out their lives in a fascinating manner.

Don't see it if you dislike relationship plays or plays with some ambiguous details.

Indulgent, Great acting, Uneven

See it if complicated and complex interpersonal relationships do it for you, or if the lives and loves of millenials are intriguing.

Don't see it if you're easily annoyed by personality quirks that become heightened over the length of a play.

Clever, Edgy, Great writing, Original, Profound

See it if You love art

Don't see it if You're bored easily

August 28th, 2015
"Ms. Ziegler’s quietly lyrical language has a luminous beauty, and her talent for creating characters whose complicated depths are just visible on their surfaces is still more remarkable. She has found a sympathetic director in Margot Bordelon, who gives the play’s fluid structure a strong ground...
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October 4th, 2015
"Were Ziegler (who makes origami of time) not so deft, the situation might lend itself to sitcom banality. She digs beneath the laughs, of which there are plenty, to plumb the pain that lurks below."
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August 28th, 2015
"The play is competently written, but lacks any noticeable personality. Who are these people? Why should we care about them? In many ways 'A Delicate Ship' is typical of a certain contemporary American drama. Bred at elite universities and workshopped to death, it’s as overprocessed and tasteless...
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August 27th, 2015
"Anna Ziegler’s compact, compelling Off-Broadway play glides along until eventually sinking into melodrama...“A Delicate Ship” ends up being too tidy for its own good. Still, Ziegler’s voice comes through. And she’s got plenty to say."
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