Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal ("Sunday in the Park with George" and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge ("1984") make their Public Theater debut in an intimate evening of solo work. More…
Sturridge, in his third collaboration with Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens ("Heisenberg," "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"), performs "Sea Wall," a monologue about love and the human need to know the unknowable.
Gyllenhaal continues his artistic collaboration with Olivier Award-nominated playwright Nick Payne ("Constellations," "If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet") in "A Life," a meditation on how we say goodbye to those we love most.
See it if You like stories that as they unfold draw you deeper and deeper into their web of just how normal and much like your life you’re hearing.
Don't see it if If you can’t handle some of the roughest memories being brought out to look at in the light next to some of the brightest. Cathartic!
See it if you want to see two first-rate actors each deliver first-rate monologues about life... and, well, death (and its accompanying grief).
Don't see it if u expect anything more than two solo one-act monologues. [There's no real theatricality or stagecraft]; ur in need of an uplifting evening.
See it if you're a fan of Gyllenhall & Sturridge, enjoy short serious monologues, can deal with themes of death & grief, willing to listen
Don't see it if Don't like one person acts, have trouble dealing with subjects of death and grief, don't enjoy plays where you have to listen carefully
See it if Gyllenhaal in "A Life" seamlessly moves btwn serious/bewildered/hilariously exasperated showing thin line between grief@death, joy@birth
Don't see it if Tom Sturridge in "Sea Wall" not in same league as Jake; both plays deal w searing situations but scripts far from memorable
See it if To watch two dark monologues about life and death, intertwined into fragile threads of every day happenings. Joy v sadness.
Don't see it if You do not like to sit still for 45 minutes for each actor. Must pay rapt attention to each line of dialogue to follow storyline.
See it if Well written stories about love, life, joy and death; terrific acting by both actors in each of their 45 minute monologues.
Don't see it if you are not interested in monologues or plays depicting deep feelings of isolation and sorrow.
See it if you're a fan of the actors and enjoy solo shows/monologues. The plays deal with loss and are quite thoughtful, albeit slow.
Don't see it if These two short plays are more suited for tiny, intimate black box theaters. It would be a tough sell if not for the A-list actors.
See it if You want to see two very talented actors reciting heartbreaking monologues on a minimalist stage.
Don't see it if You don't like monologues, can't listen to one person talk for 40-50 minutes. Or want something completely up beat.
See it if you like to see terrific actors doing very good work.Wasn't as powerful or moving as it should have been.Set should have been more intimate
Don't see it if you object to gratuitous cursing.Open stage destroyed the intimacy that the subject matter demands.It was almost great,but staging hurt it.
See it if Two tour de force one-man shows dealing with the universal themes of birth and death. Doesn’t go where you’d think.
Don't see it if ...emotionally harrowing stories upset you. The play starts off as an easy-going tale and ends up in a very different place.
See it if you enjoy two good actors excelling at their work with two one acters that are well written and ring true
Don't see it if really depressing stories about life and death upset you
See it if Two fine actors perform monologues in two sad stories of loss. Love & heartbreak well acted.
Don't see it if Too large a performance space for these intimate plays. Also, topics & protagonists are too similar so little more is revealed in 2nd piece.
See it if 2 monologues about life & death, loss; although similar topics differences in specifics & tone
Don't see it if you want happy endings, don't like monologues or minimalist sets
See it if you would appreciate performances by not one but two of today’s finest stage actors. Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge are exceptional.
Don't see it if you don’t enjoy monologues, even when they feel as real, resonant, and heartrending as these.
Also Nick Payne’s writing is sublime.
See it if you can put aside the fact that these monologues are a bit predictable and simply allow yourself to enjoy two fine, earnest performers.
Don't see it if two emotion-fest, 45-minute monologues about family life and death are unappealing; you need something more surprising than men's musings.
See it if you want to see 2 actors do very good job telling rather ordinary stories about tragedy/grief/loss/birth. Noteworthy without Jake? Not sure.
Don't see it if you want something sweeping or with spectacle. These are LOW KEY, unadorned monologues by two talented actors telling somber stories.
See it if Well-written and acted one-person plays that people can relate to.
Don't see it if Want "dialogue" and multiple characters or just want to sit back and be entertained. You have to bring your brain to engage with this.
See it if How unprepared we are to mourn death while celebrating life. Great acting to hold the audience for 45 minute monologues.
Don't see it if Death of a parent or child are triggering. Stories solely from men's point of views annoy you. No real set for the background is too sparse.
See it if Two related monologues beautifully written and acted exploring life, death, loss, unspeakable tragedy and search for meaning and god
Don't see it if Very intense and difficult subject matter (especially Sea Wall) and May be hard to take for some.
See it if superb acting in plays beautifully crafted and eloquently written that take you on unexpected story journeys is your idea of great theatre
Don't see it if familial loss is too much to tolerate or you aren't good at some lyrical and metaphorical writing.