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We Live by the Sea

From 18 critic and 142 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

About the show

Patch of Blue's devised production explores the life of an autistic girl as she connects with a boy who changes her world forever. A hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Part of 59E59's Brit's Off Broadway series. More…

'We Live By the Sea' tells the story of Katy, who lives on the coast with her sister Hannah and her imaginary dog, Paul Williams. Ostracized by the children at her school because of her differences, Katy is lonely and longs for someone to talk to. When she meets Ryan, a teenager from the city running away from his own problems, she recognizes something of herself in him, and starts to learn what it is to be a friend. The production features playful visual storytelling and a live electronic score.



76
During previews
Sentimental, Heartfelt, Great acting, Cliched, Well-edited

See it if you don’t know anyone w/ special needs, are bringing your bully kids to teach them empathy (program recommends 12 yrs+)

Don't see it if you avoid plays about lonely, needy children*; want a fuller discussion on how society can accommodate disability/difference

Also *Katy is 15 but has intellectual disabilities in addition to autism th... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Katy, i want to be one of your top five!

See it if Two sisters experience the magic and kindness of a new friend; A touching performance of the thoughts/feelings of a 15 yr old autistic girl.

Don't see it if you aren't sensitive and compassionate to understanding there is a "different kind of thinking"

Also no loud noises, no touching, no crowds, but there are many other thing... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Dizzying, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if If you can put up with acting and writing that treats autism as hypersensitive histrionics.

Don't see it if You have something better to do.

99
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Profound, Must see

See it if You want to think about how to be a better person by understanding that we are all different in our own ways

Don't see it if You don't want an honest portrayal of autism, some sections are so powerful

Also This is a warm, funny and emotional piece about being different and ab... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if An exploration of humanity through the eyes of an autistic teen.

Don't see it if Disturbing. The burden placed on the "normal" child is overwhelming.

100
For a previous production
Absorbing, Enchanting, Profound, Riveting, Great acting

See it if beautiful,whimsical play about autism and human connections,told with grace, love and humor.Superb cast,beautiful music,great writing.Bravo!

Don't see it if you are not ready for intense emotions.

100
For a previous production
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Original

See it if You enjoy well acted, powerful emotional stories. Non linear, but great story and well told. It's both funny and heartwarming and emotional

Don't see it if You can't deal with issues of disability. Enjoy more linear plays.

100
For a previous production
Great acting, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see a real, raw, emotional story of an autistic girl

Don't see it if You can't handle or dislike heavy shows

100
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You like minimal scenic design and strong, funny writing. You liked Curious Incident but wished it were better (this show fits the bill)

Don't see it if You are overwhelmed by overlapping or loud audio/text. You want a big budget Broadway show.

100
For a previous production
Great acting, Profound, Absorbing, Masterful, Must see

See it if This show grabbed my soul. Astonishment brilliant! Moving. And the acting was the best I’ve seen. The absolute best in theater!

Don't see it if Everyone should seen this. Period.

100
For a previous production
Resonant, Must see, Enchanting, Great acting, Profound

See it if You like intimate theatre, breaking the fourth wall, stunning performances, live music, and possibly even crying a little bit.

Don't see it if You want something flashy and high-tech, you're looking for comedy.

98
For a previous production
Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Refreshing

See it if You like to hear a great story. You can embrace an autistic situation. You want to smile and also have your heart touched. Great performance

Don't see it if You are not comfortable with autism. If you don't want to smile and feel emotional

97
For a previous production
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Original

See it if You want to be pulled into the stories, go on a journey and feel emotionally attached to the lead.

Don't see it if You can't handle emotional situations, need a lot of substance in terms of sets.

97
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Must see

See it if You want to have a profoundly moving experience. Some of the best acting/direction I've seen in a long time. See it while you can.

Don't see it if You only like shows that are pure fluff. Even so, this might be the play that changes your tastes.

95
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if you are passionate about art for the differently abled; you enjoy pieces that seamlessly join text and music

Don't see it if you need to see a linear story or something focused on text; you enjoy large-budget productions

95
For a previous production
Clever, Enchanting, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want to see fresh young storytelling onstage that is extremely impactful.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate settings.

94
For a previous production
Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Original

See it if You liked Curious Incident..., or if you like small-scale shows of that style.

Don't see it if You don't like straight plays, or if you prefer shows with more spectacle-like elements.

94
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want a life affirming theatrical experience. This show is innovative and brilliant and beautiful and so so real. Very emotional.

Don't see it if You aren't able to handle shows which treat autism with honesty. You want a show that doesn't make you think or reflect.

93
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to experience an intense, thoughtful, gut-wrenching, hopeful view of someone with autism.

Don't see it if The play is so good that parts are hard to watch.I left with a sick feeling in my gut -a testament to the great staging, acting, and writing

92
For a previous production
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see really good acting that feels so real. Also if you aren't worried or distracted if tears well up in your eyes at points.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a touching reminder that all people can treach each of us a good life lesson.

92
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Resonant

See it if If you enjoy well acted, well written, and uplifting theater giving a real glimpse into the theme of autism both joyful and emotional.

Don't see it if If you are disturbed by over stimulation and emotional outbursts.

91
For a previous production
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy a heartwarming story of family and of living with social challenges.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing characters who have difficulty with social interaction and who are on the spectrum of autism.

Also Excellent actors, especially the lead.

91
For a previous production
Clever, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you love superb writing/acting/staging all come together to deliver a powerful story and message, in an intimate low-budget setting.

Don't see it if you want lavish settings and costumes, or you are not intrigued by the idea of the main character being severely autistic.

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like intimate, heartwarming, simple stories that are relevant to the effect we can have on one other life in this world.

Don't see it if low-budget shows or don't want to see a show about an emotionally challenged young person.

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if You like dramatic work done in a small environment by a talented cast.

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical.


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