Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Lucille Lortel Theatre)
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Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Lucille Lortel Theatre)

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Lucille Lortel Theatre) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(449 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Dated, Intense, Entertaining

About the Show

Christopher Abbott and Aubrey Plaza star in the classic play about two strangers on a fateful night.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (60)

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56 Reviews | 2 Followers
Great acting, Emotional, Must see, Absorbing

See it if You can get a ticket! This show is a must see masterclass in acting.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable watching an abusive relationship

289 Reviews | 66 Followers
Must see, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Aubrey Plaza and Chris Abbott are mesmerizing to watch. Their pain and agony and brokenness is so raw. The writing is great. Dark play!

Don't see it if you don't like swearing and stories about broken people.

563 Reviews | 85 Followers
Great script, Well staged, Good set, Excellent acting, Absorbing

See it if You like well written plays with 2 terrific actors bringing you into their world.

Don't see it if you only like light weight musicals or Shakespeare. This makes you care deeply about 2 characters who at first are very hard to like.

212 Reviews | 28 Followers
Intense, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy shows that take real people and how they just want to be loved and how flawed humans can be. Addresses forgiveness...

Don't see it if You don't shows that start off a bit confusing -yet builds on flawed humans with incredible results...

156 Reviews | 60 Followers
Dated, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great accent, beautiful production, savage

See it if You want to see two actors give everything they have in this excellent revival. Hard to keep your eyes off Plaza - heartbreaking performance

Don't see it if You don't like plays with too much dialogue. Some scenes seem dated. Very difficult to see the actors if you are in the back row.

61 Reviews | 3 Followers
Riveting, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You’re a fan of Plaza/Abbott. Fantastic performances and design elements with a heartbreaking & hard to watch story. Abbott is a force.

Don't see it if You’re sensitive to sexual abuse/violence/language. I only was able to see this because I was fortunate enough to win a $20 ticket. Amazing.

966 Reviews | 1048 Followers
Realistic, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if One of the best plays I have seen in awhile. Excellent acting/writing. Feels very real/authentic. Intense drama mixed with some comedy.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it if you enjoy plays. Great cast. Refreshing to see a show like this again.

990 Reviews | 944 Followers
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A great poignant story expertly written and performed. Clear characters and inner logic. 80 riveting minutes. Kudos to Plaza and Abbott.

Don't see it if you don't care for high octane uncomfortable people or deep psychological drama.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
November 14th, 2023

"...Abbott and Plaza have made us care enough for these two misfits that we are ready to believe that maybe, just maybe, they can get a break."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 14th, 2023

“What Ward, Abbott, and Plaza access is that ‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea’ isn’t really a play about violence at all, but about absolution. It ends in the morning, with the new possibility to show a little faith, ’cause there was magic in the night.”
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November 14th, 2023

“Despite the raw banter and the actors’ solid performances ‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea’ isn’t exactly riveting. Instead, it feels like a somber, overly long vignette of two deeply tortured people without the means or wherewithal to address the horrors of their circumstances and personal choices.”
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The Observer
November 14th, 2023

“For its first half, the 80-minute play keeps your attention with its dated but energetic battle of the sexes, but the longer we spend with these folks the less authentic they become. The scope is intimate to the point of claustrophobia; it contracts rather than expands. “
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The Washington Post
November 14th, 2023

“Shanley’s script offers some funny exchanges, but his skeletal framework is tricky, and the director doesn’t orchestrate a satisfying rhythm....like Danny and Roberta’s bond, the production is unfinished business.”
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New York Theatre Guide
November 14th, 2023

“What writer, director, and actors all get right in the end, though, is uncertainty. They may change each other in the course of one night, but it seems just as likely that Roberta and Danny will keep clinging to each other as they will end right back up at that dive bar, picking new fights with new people over beer and pretzels, as though their one night of hope really was just a hazy dream.”
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November 14th, 2023

“Ward’s production does give off a faint sense of superficiality, of pulling back from the brink of darkness before fully reaching out for the light. Shanley’s writing is lyrical enough that this solid revival casts a spell anyway, but one may also leave the theater wondering about the more devastating experience that it might have been.”
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New York Stage Review
November 14th, 2023

“You’ll either love it or hate it. I fall squarely into the love camp. After all, it’s a fight that leads to sex, and what could be more appropriate for Danny and Roberta?”
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