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In the Secret Sea

From 54 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Intense, Disappointing, Absorbing, Banal

About the show

Tony nominated director, Martin ('Annie') Charnin, helms this New York premiere about a newly married couple facing a life-changing decision. More…

In this new American play by Cate Ryan, a young couple are confronted with a gut-wrenching decision, one that will impact their parents, their consciences, and the rest of their lives.

Member Reviews (54)


Thought-provoking, Intense, Disappointing, Absorbing, Banal
Avg Score


See it if You want to see a "pretty good show" This is very so so.

Don't see it if If you want anything edgy. They could have done more with it. just ok

Absorbing, Great writing, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like contemporary drama with relevant themes and believable characters. You can"t stay uninvolved as soon as the theme is revealed !

Don't see it if You can't deal with realistic dramas about heart wrenching subjects. This is not light theatrical fare.

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You understand Catholicism, holiday traditions Like dramas about difficult decisions, controversial topics, family drama. Like great acting!

Don't see it if You expect edgy, modern characters who keep you on the brink of discovery. Expect an exciting new perspective on a current topic.

Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like small dramas with GREAT sets

Don't see it if you are annoyed by overwriting. Dialogue was contrived. I don't know people who talk that way in front of others.

Thought-provoking, Strong performances, Unrealistic, Slow

See it if you enjoy straight theater by seasoned performers on a lovely set that you'd like to live in. No easy answers here.

Don't see it if you have a strong opinion about abortion that you want validated. No real solutions are presented & the plot and characters feel artificial.

Intense, Slow, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if I really can't recommend this play to anyone. It manages to offend both sides of the abortion debate - a neat trick.

Don't see it if A bunch of people sitting around talking about things that are none of their business. Preachy. Made no sense.

Absorbing, Disturbing, Intense

See it if You like unusual family dramas about difficult times.

Don't see it if You like happy stories.

Conversation-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Timely, Relevant

See it if You're ok with a quiet somewhat clichéd if well meaning serious drama designed to begin conversation; or have conservative friends to bring.

Don't see it if You're looking for a light-hearted evening, a detailed intellectual discussion or have unshakable conservative views of social issues.

Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you got free tickets and you're in midtown and need to sit down for an hour and a half.

Don't see it if you're too shy to leave a theater during the middle of a show.

Disappointing, Cliched, Thought-provoking

See it if You like serious themes like religion and ethical dilemmas and acting that's earnest

Don't see it if You expect the writer to respect the audience by not having the actors guess stupidly about what could be wrong with their pregnant kids

Poorly written, Disappointing, Unbelievable relationships, Bad acting, Nice set

See it if It has a very nice set. may provide for a good discussion after the show about a difficult topic. you like your shows dripping with cliches

Don't see it if you enjoy a show with sharp dialogue that makes sense, relationships that are believable. provides 'thought out' arguments on a loaded topic

Stilted, Preachy, Tedious, Disappointing

See it if You get a free ticket. Terrible script, and most of the cast overacts. The son was mostly good but his final scene was SO hokey.

Don't see it if You're looking for a satisfying theatrical experience and value your entertainment dollar.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Banal

See it if An interesting family drama

Don't see it if You want to see something unusual

Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if Two married couples have deal with their fate. Its sad, funny and engaging at times. Well written.

Don't see it if Human sadness

Ambitious, Relevant, Banal, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a serious drama about a heavy topic. Though it wasn't the best play, it does make you think about how you'd react in that situation

Don't see it if You're easily depressed, don't like talk-heavy plays or are narrow-minded. This play did not blow me away at all, but the actors were decent

Cliched, Thought-provoking, Great concept, poor execution

See it if you like WASPY living room drama ...IE AR Gurney..

Don't see it if You want engaging dialogue and plot.

Disappointing, Pathetic

See it if There are no other shows playing & someone offered you free tickets. The book was absolutely pathetic. Didn't blame the actors; they tried

Don't see it if You love theatre or even like theatre or hate theatre but want to try it out one last time.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Funny, Slow

See it if Interested in dramas focused on human relationships and what it is to love and be loved.

Don't see it if You don't like watching PDA with older actors.


See it if Starts a serious conversation. Really questions your beliefs

Don't see it if Without giving anything away don't see if you live by the "old school mentality"

Cliched, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy drama. Show was tight, but often predictable & bit repetitive. Ending excellent. Plot a bit reminiscent of Twilight of the Golds.

Don't see it if you are looking for light, enjoyable show.

Banal, Cliched, Insipid

See it if you have a lovely suburban Connecticut home and you're looking for some home decor ideas. The set is nice.

Don't see it if You want the play to be more interesting than the furniture.

Absorbing, Great acting, Depresssing

See it if Enjoy an impeccably acted drama.

Don't see it if You're looking for a fun night at the theater.

Clever, Intelligent, Intelectual, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy an intellectual piece.

Don't see it if absorbent acting is mandatory.

Disappointing, Banal, Excruciating, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if You are particularly interested in abortion.

Don't see it if you are looking for original, thought provoking drama. This play was predictable, boring and lacking absorbing dialogue.

Intense, Thought-provoking, A bit scattered, Original, Tragic

See it if you enjoy dramas. It's a serious topic, even if it doesn't go in the direction you think it was going. It mostly works, but it's confused.

Don't see it if You're looking fluff, or a more logical narrative. There're tangents that needed to be more realized. The second couple was better written.

April 22nd, 2016
“A tired rehash of the obvious talking points, served up with a minimum of nuance...A rare dramatic staging by Martin Charnin...and he handles this awkward script awkwardly. His cast clearly needs help...At least ‘Secret Sea’ has a polished design...But this is an especially dreary evening that t...
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April 21st, 2016
"More tolerance experiment than a traditional play, it asks that you confront your own beliefs and prejudices about when life begins and ends, and what it means in the interim...If it never completely succeeds, it's an admirable effort, and one of the most fearlessly serious and human plays I've ...
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April 21st, 2016
"Under Martin Charnin's pacey direction...The actors do their best to downplay the sense that we are watching a debate about marriage, parenthood and the bad deck of cards we're sometimes dealt...Ms. Ryan doesn't dish up a facile happy ending and the finale she has devised is eloquently heart-fel...
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May 4th, 2016
"The title of Cate Ryan’s brilliant and captivating script comes from the idea that a woman’s womb is like a secret sea, and this interplays masterfully with the concepts and moral issues that are raised...The stand-out performance of the evening was provided by the father-to-be, played confident...
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