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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


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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Clever, Intelligent, Intelectual, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy an intellectual piece.

Don't see it if absorbent acting is mandatory.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Touching

See it if you aren't afraid of the razor edge of an issue.

Don't see it if face acting is a turn off. Acting was uneven and heavy handed, save the part played by the son who felt like a real human being.

Good acting given the script. boring, banal and cliched.

See it if you enjoy family drama, ethical issues in a dull setting. Good concept poorly executed.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fun, lively, upbeat show.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if you enjoy shows that present ethical dilemmas/ heart-wrenching decisions.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a lot of family drama and discussion about a difficult family issue. Not a light night at the theater.

Banal, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You get a free ticket & are in the mood for a very long, nothing new, Easter Sunday debate about abortion between in-laws.

Don't see it if Cliched, overwritten conflict between spouses and in-laws around the issue of abortion no longer serves your creative spirit.

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You think you can relate to the grandparents in this story.

Don't see it if You like shows that work on multiple levels.

During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a VERY intense family drama. Beautiful very realistic looking set. Adam Petherbridge was excellent as was Glynis O'Connor

Don't see it if A very sad, stressful show. Not a fun night out although play is absorbing and not boring. Situation discussed in play could be upsetting.

During previews
You have to suffer through a lot of ordinary life depiction for just a few interesting plot nuggets

See it if So its mostly a family prepping for a holiday and complaining about in-laws, that morphs into blaming each other for the central plot point

Don't see it if There is interesting dialogue around the political/ethical implications of their shared family challenge..but it's a lot of blah in between

During previews
Melodramatic, Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if A family struggle with a devastating diagnosis of likely birth-defects in pregnancy deserves smarter writing, more nuance & less soap-opera

Don't see it if This drama would be a strong Lifetime movie of the week, but theater audiences will expect more complexity to examine the moral dilemma.

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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