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Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (The Davenport Theatre)

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Members say: Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing

About the show

A new production of John Patrick Shanley's comic drama, an explosive, affecting study of alienation and the redemptive power of love. More…

In a rundown bar in the Bronx, two of society's rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over a beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents. As their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge the first for both of them.

Member Reviews (34)


Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing
Avg Score

Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense

See it if You like the brutal honesty of John Patrick Shanley...this will not disappoint. Two brilliant actors. Short intense show.

Don't see it if You want something mindless or fluffy or if you don’t like seeing plays that portray people as true flawed human beings.

Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Romantic, Moving

See it if Two damaged people lurch towards each other and back as they glimpse a better life. Emotionally frightening and moving. Intense acting.

Don't see it if You prefer external action. This is all the development of two characters and their relationship. Heavy sexual content, not for kids.

Absorbing, Edgy, Raw, Intense, Solid acting

See it if you want to see a deeply, fiercely acted early JP Shanley 2-hander in which broken, lost souls try to find salvation in each other's company

Don't see it if you seek more than a character study [This play is a bit short on plot/story]; you can't abide violence, harsh language & sexual situations.

Also A woman brought a 7 or 8-year old child to yesterday's matinee. They a... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Resonant

See it if you like Shanley's real-life characters and their development by two really good actors who draw you in to their situation in a 70 min. play

Don't see it if you do not appreciate rough situations and relationships - the is not light material.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Indulgent, Intense

See it if Boy and girl take a rough rumble and discover something else in their digging. Dark ,dense, and dysfunctional on a budget.

Don't see it if This Shanley gets trotted out a lot. Thin plot. Not much character. Frank sex. With only an hour to spare, actors rush lines.

Dated, Intense, Great acting, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a showcase for a pair of very talented actors. You enjoy plays about relationships. You're OK w/ Frank talk about sexuality.

Don't see it if You want a more contemporary play: while it has some relevance to today, its shock theatre format is dated & feels off in the #MeToo era.

Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Great acting

See it if About two people who meet that are struggling with things they had done in life and feel they had no value.

Don't see it if You cannot watch two poeple who are disfunctional.

Also The actors were great, and very in instense. With words and actions. T... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Riveting

See it if you enjoy watching flawed characters. This two-hander is a pure character piece in which each is lonely, tortured, and desperate. Riveting.

Don't see it if you need a pick-me-up. This is not a bright and happy play.

Overwroght, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you like raw, powerful stories of wounded, lonely people looking for a way out of their lives/companionship and maybe a little love.

Don't see it if you don't like intense stories and crude language/story is all emotion, fierce from start to finish. No levity or comic relief.

Raw, Absorbing, Intense and powerful, Dark, Fine acting

See it if You'd like to see early Shanley that sets the stage for subsequent work. 2 actors skillfully bring his words to thrilling, dramatic life.

Don't see it if Don't like crude language, violence, or flawed, misfit people trying to survive. Character over plot, edgy, passionate, gritty, 70min, done.

Visceral, Intense, Great acting, Riveting, Raunchy

See it if Interested in a beautifully acted play about a very damaged, guarded man & woman meet, spend a night together & try to make a connection.

Don't see it if rough language, tales of violence from their lurid pasts would be upsetting.

Also Shanley writes vivid, explosive dialogue that the actors do full justi... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Edgy

See it if you’d enjoy an intense, two-person drama with very broken, human characters.

Don't see it if you require flashy sets or an upbeat narrative; this is an exploration of the frailty of the human condition.

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Edgy, Explosive

See it if You want to see a play about two people that have issues and how they deal with it . You want to see a play that is intense and well acted.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about a couple and what happens when they get together. You don't have an open mind.

Also This play was well acted by each performer. Their delivery was well do... Read more Read less

Absorbing / still relevant 35yrs later, Intimate simple smart set, Brutally honest performances / raunchy & real, Edgy / dark / very intense psychodrama

See it if you'd enjoy a play w/deeply flawed & broken characters seeking comfort, love, salvation, forgiveness... or even just a good night's sleep.

Don't see it if you prefer something lite & wouldn't be able to handle mild violence, shouting, raw talk of incest, suicide, etc. It's dark & dysfunctional.

Also Keep an open mind.... Read more Read less

Raw, Gritty, Well acted, Intense

See it if you want to see a psychological study of 2 very damaged individuals. Really a character study with minimal plot.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by a lot of cursing and violent themes. If you want something more plot driven.


See it if The two actors really got a workout on this show. Both have talent but the performances were cranked up to 10 the entire time.

Don't see it if Even if you love JPS. I found this play pointless, trite, condescending to working class characters and a bit corny.

Cliched, Dated, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if If you want to see a beauty and the beast story gone outer boroughs. This is more beast and the beast. Message of love exists for all.

Don't see it if You dislike course language or crude life experiences. You need more of a complete play with plot.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you enjoy a well acted dark drama featuring two very dysfunctional characters and topics of sex, suicide, & violence

Don't see it if you are offended by shows about violence, suicide, incest, simulated sex

Also The show was excellent, very well acted, had a very good script, featu... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if A character driven play by two amazing actors.It was edgy,very intense at times but yet there was a moment to show that we all need love

Don't see it if You are not a fan of small theater, vulgar language, blood, nudity, basic decor, two actor, no intermission play

Also The play was phonemonal, both actors were superb, really got into the ... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Intense, Edgy

See it if You respect the talent of John Patrick Shanley. Two good actors. You like your drama intense and emotional.

Don't see it if You will miss the humor and nuances of this play because the director failed to keep the actors from their impulse to take every line to

Also it’s rawest emotional level without including the opposite moments of ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate a timeless and timely work. A fine production; I really liked it.

Don't see it if You are expecting fast action.

Great acting, Intense, Dated, Riveting, Raunchy

See it if you want to see an early work of JP Shanley . Both the female and male characters were well cast, and the 65 minutes was action packed.

Don't see it if a highly unlikely tale of two angry lost souls who meet in a Bronx bar one night would not be of interest to you.

Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want to see powerhouse acting with two deeply flawed people struggling to connect.

Don't see it if If you offended by raw and explosive language. This is a play that deals with a dark love story.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if you're ready for non-stop, exhausting acting; appreciate that life isn't always pretty; like character studies.

Don't see it if you need a strong plot; were looking forward to a quiet, relaxing 70 minutes. Need to suspend disbelief re progression of male character.

Funny, Quirky, Great staging, Intense, Relatively short, intermissionless two-person piece that never drags

See it if you enjoy quirky characters and the often unconventional but impactful humanity that comes through in John Patrick Shanley's best work.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by coarse language or frank discussions of violent & disturbing subject matter, or you prefer a longer show.

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