"Cassie M. Seinuk’s absorbing 'From the Deep' spends two hours exploring the interplay between Israeli soldier Ilan and young American Andrew...There’s more than a touch of looming, Pinteresque menace, but the tension lags as the play goes on; Seinuk should probably leave more to the imagination. But Lindsay Eagle’s production doesn’t let the mood overwhelm the characters or the actors: Linshaw and especially Marcus reach admirable depths." Full Review
“The themes of how we survive different kinds of violence are explored with a specificity and maturity that impressed me, especially coming from a young playwright. I only wish the rest of the play had lived up to its premise...It does a truly great job of bringing to life the complexities and rules of the imagined world Seinuk has created...I’m hopeful that my reservations about this play are simply due to typical young-writer problems, and I’m eager to see what Seinuk writes next.” Full Review
for a previous production "An intriguing new work that examines many facets of terror and loss of freedom. Under the steady directorial hand of Lindsay Eagle, two actors reveal multiple layers of themselves as their time of incarceration together lengthens…Both actors are superb in portraying the terror and boredom of indeterminate incarceration…A provocative and well-conceived play." Full Review
for a previous production "A powerfully disturbing premiere…Seinuk makes her characters' respective fortunes very involving, and director Lindsay Eagle sharply paces their interactions as well as their personal struggles. Charles Linshaw as Ilan and Jeff Marcus as Andrew are remarkably affecting…Seinuk has dedicated her play in memory of her grandfather 'who taught me to always go from strength to strength.' The viscerally probing 'From the Deep' more than lives up to that teaching in a must-see premiere." Full Review
for a previous production "Seldom has this reviewer seen a play set in a parallel universe, created entirely from the playwright’s imagination, transcend the genre of science fiction or the theater of the absurd. But like the best of Harold Pinter, Seinuk and her cast and crew of this production have created a riveting theatrical experience. The audience not only clutches their seats to find out the final outcome of the two trapped men but also hangs onto their every sentence of dialogue." Full Review
See it if only for Linshaw's winning performance. Profound look at how loss of freedom strengthens or breaks human spirit. Fringe at its best!
Don't see it if you only like musicals..or can't face the harsh realities of the world of a POW. Worth seeing just for the acting & the strong script.
See it if you like idea plays that touch on political and social issues surrounding prisoners and imprisonment (both literally and metaphorically).
Don't see it if a slower-paced drama and subtlety bores you.
See it if You would be inspired by the story of a soldier imprisoned for 5 years and how he continued to believe his life had meaning. I learned a lot
Don't see it if You are prejudiced against Israel. It is a universal story, though. Also, an intermission in a FringeNYC show is asking a lot.
See it if You seek creative, richly imaginative, stunnigly well acted, original drama that is both intellectually stimulating & emotionally involving
Don't see it if you prefer to avoid a discomforting immersion into pain & fear. Still author Cassie Seinuk's brilliance demands and rewards our attention.
See it if you like to think about life. this show puts you into someoen elses head and lets you see what they think of.
Don't see it if you don't no the story of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit
See it if You enjoy creative theater and thought-provoking plot.
Don't see it if you can't handle a long show or slower pace, or find stories of abduction or captivity personally disturbing.
See it if You're interested in theatre that examines the inner struggle to hold on to hope, and all that makes us human, in the face of inhuman action
Don't see it if You're looking for light-hearted entertainment, or you're disturbed by seeing the effects of torture or violence on the human psyche.
See it if You want a creative original thought provoking experience
Don't see it if You are anxious especially about being kidnapped or listening to a ticking clock sound for almost 2 hours
See it if Well written play. Kept you engrossed throughout. Took my whole family to see it. Enjoyed by all, we are still discussing the story today.
Don't see it if You are not looking for a thought provoking experience.
See it if You want to be moved. Strong script! See if you are looking for strong acting, a complicated, but inspiring story, and a stunning design!
Don't see it if You want a show with a very positive outlook. this show is dark
See it if Great acting, profound writing, psychologically deep, resonant - some say it is dark, but we found it inspiring a way.
Don't see it if If you dont like mysteries! ;) You will spend the first act confused and uninformed, that's the point - you find out what's what in Act 2!