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

87%
(852 Ratings)
Positive
89%
Mixed
6%
Negative
5%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intense, Dated

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 (117)

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269 Reviews | 181 Followers
100
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see acting perfection. I loved both of them, but am partial to Aubrey Plaza. This is her stage acting debut. She is a master.

Don't see it if Upstairs you have to sit on your belongings in order to really see the production. This is an Off-Bwy show who overpriced orchestra seats.

69 Reviews | 3 Followers
100
Must see, Emotional, Great acting, 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

292 Reviews | 68 Followers
94
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.

106 Reviews | 26 Followers
92
Must see, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you’d enjoy a one act about two flawed humans who try to find solace ending up with trust & romance. Heartbreaking, lovely & mesmerizing.

Don't see it if you don’t like intense arguments in a play from time to time.

522 Reviews | 257 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if The dark play of2 tormented souls meeting @ a rundown BX bar on a fateful night is superbly perf by both A.Plaza & C.Abbot on adequate sets.

Don't see it if The 1st part is more riveting than the 2nd part; the script isn't perfect. Yet, this is one of those plays I'd like to see again. Read more

92 Reviews | 14 Followers
90
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you like great acting by 2 great indie actors, good writing, quick and verbally dexterous

Don't see it if you want something musical or just entertaining

570 Reviews | 87 Followers
90
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.

219 Reviews | 30 Followers
90
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...

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 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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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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Variety
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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Theatermania
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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