The Mint Theater Company revives N.C. Hunter's forgotten 1953 play, a warm and often humorous depiction of the 'crisis' of middle age. More…
Set in Dorset after World War II, 'A Day by the Sea' examines shattered ambitions and personal isolation. Julian Anson, a once-promising Foreign Service employee, confronts professional disappointment and personal failure while visiting his mother at the English seaside. Jolted into the realization that maybe it’s not too late, he seizes an opportunity to correct his past mistakes and start fresh—but will the results be any different? Directed by Austin Pendleton.
See it if Beautiful language, wonderful characters, regrets, fears and hopes ... an insightful, melancholy contemplation of life.
Don't see it if You prefer more action and intensity.
See it if Enjoy classic well made play format (3 acts), a Chekhovian flavored melodrama, moving performances
Don't see it if Have little patience for the well crafted play which takes its time (3hrs) to resolution, the "Masterpiece Theatre" genre
See it if you like discovering lost English plays from the early 20th century, like Chekhov pacing, outstanding costumes, reflect on aging and success
Don't see it if you can't enjoy a three act, slow, old fashioned style play with sad, mournful characters contemplating what they have made of their lives
See it if you enjoy quirky characters with heart, who either cannot express their feelings or cannot stop. This would be wonderful with a long edit.
Don't see it if you will have trouble sitting through a slice of life story, with three acts that run close to three hours.
Also The play has some truly wonderful moments.
See it if you want a simple story with witty, quirky characters who contemplate their missed chances in life & their futures; wonderful performances
Don't see it if you want a complex plot or a fast-moving story. With 3 acts & 2 intermissions some may find it too long. Also if you don't like Chekhov.
See it if Beautiful revival of a play by the incredible Mint theatre. Excellent acting and staged beautifully. An absorbing drama.
Don't see it if If you do not like classical dramas. It's important to have a leisure look at this absorbing play
See it if You like Chekhov. If you like depressing unhappy but realistic endings. If you want thoughtful interesting theater. A good not great Mint.
Don't see it if You want short plays. This is three hours including two intermissions. First act very slow. If you don't like Chekhov you will not like this
See it if you have three hours to become immersed in this slowly-paced but well-acted Modern play; can relate to mid-life crises and growing older.
Don't see it if you need intense action, elaborate staging, famous actors, musical numbers, or a quick turn at the theatre. This play requires commitment.
See it if Lovely show from a time when storytelling was subtle and took its time. If you are looking to unplug from contemporary life, see this.
Don't see it if This will not dazzle you as it slowly reveals its relationships and plot. But, for a theatre purist, it is a delight.
See it if you'd like to see a rarely performed older show with a traditional plot structure, strong character development and excellent acting,
Don't see it if You dislike revivals and prefer more modern, edgy drama with more action,
See it if want to see some very good acting and good character development sprinkled throughout with a nice sense of humor & set in a different era.
Don't see it if you can't sit through a three hour play that is engaging but takes its time to build the characters - can be a bit slow.
See it if you like leisurely plays with a period feel as long as they are well-acted and present characters that are interesting.
Don't see it if you really object to plays that are too long!
See it if you are a fan of Checkov and British uptightness. This is truly British Checkov at its most iconic. Very good acting but interminable.
Don't see it if you want happy endings and action. It almost feels as if it happens in real time. There is nothing unexpected but it is all well done
See it if Like interesting people portrayed as if character = destiny. Love language (British) and well made play.total immersion in time and place
Don't see it if You are impatient, action oriented, or don't like plays which are somewhat "talky" and somewhat "philosophical." Otherwise, see it!
See it if You'd enjoy a terrifically acted, directed & produced English gem from the '50s. A play w/ wry humour, observations about humanity, & heart.
Don't see it if You're looking for a play with a lot of action or something experimental. This is a straight forward play in 3 acts (or something short!).
See it if you are willing to sit through a slow three hours of a well-acted play. The Mint did what it does well, reviving older works.
Don't see it if you are waiting for the edited version. Read Terry Teachout's article on play length in the WSJ.
See it if Can do three act play inwhich the first act is a little slow but it builds to a fantastic third act
Don't see it if You can't wait for the play to heat up, some left to early
See it if you love good theater as in plays not musicals. very relatable situations tho it is a play that takes place in 1953
Don't see it if if you aren't interested in a 3 hour solid drama about lots of relationships that feels very real
See it if you would enjoy a well-written narrative about coming to terms with life's limitations and learning to savor the ordinary
Don't see it if you only wish to see "cutting edge" innovative theater: this is well done, satisfyingly slow classic character development