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The Sea Concerto

From 3 critic and 39 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

About the show

Flux Theatre Ensemble presents this world premiere drama, a memory play which explores the legacies of pain and resilience that we inherit, pass on, and sometimes let go. More…

Lynnie is a poet who has lost her creative voice. Now, a mysterious letter asks her to return to her childhood home to reclaim something of her father's. Will it help explain why he gave up music? Will that answer help her write again? And can she ever forgive the betrayal that tore her family apart? 'The Sea Concerto' is a new drama in the spirit of classic memory plays like 'The Glass Menagerie' and 'Side Man.'


“A deeply personal story of love, weakness, and venality, 'The Sea Concerto' addresses wider issues too, often with penetrating clarity. It's sure to be remembered as one of the year's off-off-Broadway triumphs." Full Review

Theater In The Now

“A solidly impressive offering...A memory play...A play that is conscious of its artifice. At one point, Lynnie is so overcome by her memories that she calls an intermission...The poetry of this show helps it take on the ethical grey areas, the questions facing a multi-racial family and their daughter who grows up to hear she ‘doesn’t belong anywhere’...Cohn and O’Donnell give us the family scenes that children aren’t supposed to see." Full Review

Show Showdown

“Schulenburg's writing, as always, is lyrical, heartfelt, and compassionate. Heather Cohn and Kelly O’Donnell's direction is, as always, clear, smooth, and creative. The production values, as always, are high...The ensemble of actors is strong; in particular, Allen shines as Eric...Overall, ‘The Sea Concerto’ is excellent, especially the second act...It's well worth seeing...Compelling, moving, and thought-provoking...The story line unusual, the stakes high. I cared. A lot.” Full Review

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if strong writing acting directing.

Don't see it if family drama.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy very well written & well acted shows

Don't see it if You need fancy effects or cannot use your imagination to envision the story.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if poetic memory plays appeal to you. Themes of belonging, lost creativity, and tragic family dysfunction are interesting for you.

Don't see it if Want a concise, 90 minute one-acter. The show runs 2 hours and sometimes drags in the first act.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy stories about dysfunctional families

Don't see it if You want to be home early (it's a bit long)

Also John Lenartz was particularly good

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like good acting that keeps you absorbed.

Don't see it if You like light comedies or musicals.

Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if BRAVO! Story captures human relationships and the decisions we make. Had me at the set to the lights and the first word spoken.

Don't see it if After something light. Long. Could tell the story in 90 min. It's a great new theatre but seats are not very comfortable. Bring a pillow.

Also This is an off off Broadway gen. Potential to move up to next level. T... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a well written, well performed play. You want to see a cast that works well together. Nice staging, simple yet effective.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that is light and fluffy. You don't want to see a play that will have you thinking about family dynamics.

Also I noticed many people wrote that this play was slow. I wold agree that... Read more Read less

Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Repetitious, Ambitious

See it if beautiful writing well presented appeals to you. There are many lovely moments particularly where the sea is represented.

Don't see it if symbolic language or actions puts you to sleep. The action is a series of memories sometimes literal, sometimes poetic.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like great story about multi layer family drama.It is poetic&well written. Firstact was super slow but the 2nd was phonomenal.great cast

Don't see it if You like fast paced plays, this is not your thing. Also intimate theatre.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You do or don't already know Flux Theatre Ensemble. They do consistently good-to-great work.

Don't see it if You don't like rituals and spirits

Great acting, Good staging, Ambitious, Long

See it if you want to see great actors committed to the text. If you want an intense family drama. If poetry-infused theater excites you.

Don't see it if you're in a rush. There are stretches that could definitely use a little snip-snip.

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if You want to be pulled in by a story and gripped.

Don't see it if You want something huge in spectacle or set or any of that. Everything derives from the actors and what you are watching on stage.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if you like complex intergenerational family dramas, narrators as framing devices, and simple but effective set design.

Don't see it if you like fast-paced, tightly-plotted plays. Act 1 was slow, consisting mostly of background info. Some characters were underdeveloped.

Also Most of the issues in the play were due to poor pacing decisions. Ther... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you want to see an interesting intergenerational memory play with some fine acting and inventive staging.

Don't see it if you want a quick fix or an edgy play.

Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if A memory play that has a very good story, very good acting and keeps you in it, can be a little slow at first bit picks up. Very enjoyable.

Don't see it if If you do not like memory plays or a story that can be painful, or a life story that can have you vacillating.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Interesting concept

See it if You like to see new theater with a new perspective, although it might need work.

Don't see it if You expect a fully developed, polished play with well-known actors.

Also .This is the 'beginning' of a play concept that needs some work, but i... Read more Read less

Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Great staging

See it if you enjoy psychological exam of familial tension, narcissism, low self-esteem, loss of direction and dream, entitlement, creative recovery

Don't see it if you prefer light themes, comedy, or musicals, can’t sit on hard seat late night for 2.3 hours, avoid seeing mixed race marriage and children

Great acting, Slow, Resonant

See it if You appreciate great acting

Don't see it if You like your off-off Broadway short and fast paced

Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in new plays but understand that many times they haven't smoothed out the rough edges yet. The acting is great.

Don't see it if Memory plays aren't your thing. You don't like direct address or plays with narrators.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if A memory play which is slow but well acted. Interesting characters with multi layered conflicts.

Don't see it if Do not see if you only enjoy musicals or light dramas. This is a slow at times intense drama about family relationships.

Great acting, Perfect casting, Intriguing characters, Set creatively suggests more

See it if First act drags, but stay for rapid developments in the second act. Still puzzled why Lynnie didn’t discover and recover more of her father.

Don't see it if Black boxes, small producing companies, experimental and innovative theatre doesn’t interest you.

Slow, Engaging, Disappointing, Creatively staged

See it if Familial themes and conflicts are interesting to you. If you enjoy seeing works in progress and to support small theater groups.

Don't see it if Your expecting something very deep. If you like conflict dealt head on and not white washing resolutions.

Also When the play began I thought ... This is going to be great. There was... Read more Read less

Creatively staged, Slow at times, Lyrical and poetic moments, Nice acting

See it if Want 2 see solid cast perform interesting, if somewhat confusing play. One of those shows that leaves U trying to figure out what was said.

Don't see it if Not OK w many unanswered questions. It goes on 2 long & is repetitive. Still, an absorbing look at family relationships w some poetry added.

Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if I the play can use some editing about the family drama. The 2nd Act is more interesting than the 1st Act. Good staging to utilize the space.

Don't see it if You are looking for the action packed play. It evolved slowly.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You like an intimate setting, the use of symbolism appeals to you and you like good dialogue and effective set design.

Don't see it if Themes of family dysfunction and mixed race issues bore you, and intense characters are not your cup of tea

Also The acting was superb. Especially Choppie and Lynnie. Strong performan... Read more Read less

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