Atlantic Theater Company presents the New York premiere of Simon Stephens’ Olivier Award-winning drama, an epic story about love, family, and the size of the galaxy. More…
'On the Shore of the Wide World' spans three generations of a suffering family. Eighteen-year-old Alex is preparing to introduce his girlfriend Sarah to his parents. His younger brother Christopher is immediately and completely smitten with her. Their parents, Alice and Peter, are unnerved by how quickly Alex has grown up. Peter’s father Charlie is mastering card tricks and keeping his smoking a secret from his long-suffering wife Ellen. Something is about to happen that will change all their lives irrevocably as the honest scenes of domestic family life melt to reveal a sad picture of disconnection, fragile relationships, and missed moments. Featuring Tony winner Blair Brown.
See it if you want to see some good ensemble acting (as uninteresting characters) in a sluggish, meandering, painfully slow, derivative family drama.
Don't see it if you expect to see an original, absorbing drama à la Simon Stephens' "Curious Incident..."
See it if Stephens' generational north England family portrait seen though a Chekhovian lens Well written & acted but prepare for lengthy plot line
Don't see it if With three generations to follow, some bear more interest than others. Accents can be a bit thick & staging gets a little stodgy
See it if You want to see these actors who were all terrific. However the play wasn’t that compelling. The set was interesting.
Don't see it if You want a fast paced drama. This is fairly slow and meandering. I usually like that sort of show if done well but somehow this didn’t gel
See it if you like family dramas that are a few steps up from TV soap operas. Wonderful cast playing working class people in unfulfilled lives.
Don't see it if The cast is stymied by inconsistent British accents unlike anything I've heard before. 2 1/2 hours of vignettes keep the play superficial.
See it if you enjoy talky English plays. This one is long, but I felt the evening flew by. Great ensemble work!
Don't see it if you have difficulty watching a play with very little action.
See it if You like family crisis dramas across generations;British accents;multiple plots at one time;Blair Brown;marriage strife
Don't see it if Trouble with accents; dislike spousal abuse stories;slow moving
See it if you like terrific acting even if the story takes over 2 hours to go nowhere.I didn't much care for the characters.Plot felt contrived.
Don't see it if you want something fast paced.I wanted to get involved with the characters, but each 1 was on for too short a time for me to identify with
See it if you enjoy the old fashioned type of play that delves into characters and messy family relationship.
Don't see it if you prefer more lighthearted theater with tidy relationships and endings.
See it if you want to see a quiet drama about 3 generations of a family with many issues; a few touching moments especially at end
Don't see it if So many problems it seems like a soap opera. Despite frequently going from problem to problem (& one part of the set to another) it is slow
See it if You enjoy dramas about family relationships and the trials of life.Good acting but slow and the lower class British accents may be a problem
Don't see it if You only enjoy musicals and simple dramas.
See it if you like multi-generational family dramas, packed with complications.
Don't see it if you have a problem with accents (Northern English) and don't want to sit for two and a half hours.
See it if you enjoy seeing talented actors suffer through a playwrights tortured work..
Don't see it if you are expecting to have an evening in the theater that you will talking about for the next few days.
See it if you have the patience to see past what feels banal at first blush but underneath hides an interesting take on the struggle of life/death.
Don't see it if you are looking for speedy writing, desire a fast-paced plot, or if fluctuating accents or long-ish run times bother you
See it if You like family dramas where everyone has secrets. Some things you only find out much later (death of the other son).
Don't see it if You are looking for anything to happen. The actors were mostly good, however, some of them were obnoxious. Their lives were honest.
See it if you are willing to look at patterns of behavior rather than dramatic action; are sensitive to the play's undercurrents of pain & loneliness
Don't see it if you are impatient with scenes that appear to go nowhere; you want overt conflict to drive the narrative.
See it if Family drama and generational divide is the focus of this play by Simon Stephens. They made really good use of the space and unit set.
Don't see it if Long plays bore you
See it if you want to see a talented group of actors come together to play a family.
Don't see it if you can be confused by a play with shifting times and feels very long.
See it if you like plays with multigenerational casts, treatments of dysfunctional English families, themes of loneliness and finding happiness.
Don't see it if you have a difficult time understanding thick English accents, don't like dramas or plays about dysfunctional multigenerational families,
See it if You like explorations of family issues and don't mind seeing youthful angst on the stage.
Don't see it if You need your stories well worked out before they are staged. This play seemed to still be in the workshop stage.
See it if slow to develop family drama where everyone has a secret; decent acting; nice set; underwhelmed; no uplifting take aways from production
Don't see it if you don't like family dramas; have work to figure out everyone's life secret to put puzzle together to make sense of the show
See it if You enjoy hearing characters say "sorry" to one another an inordinate number of times. You like bad north England accents. Long, very long..
Don't see it if Priorities R characters to root for & belief in developing a character before killing him off. You believe in showing and not telling.
See it if you want to see the most impressive acting ensemble currently in town in a very strong and moving family play
Don't see it if all you care about is originality of plot (as if that's still possible) and whether someone's foreign accent is perfect (who f-ing cares?)