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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Intense, Disappointing, Absorbing, Banal
63
Avg Score

60
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.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Very engrossing and thought provoking shows.

Don't see it if If you don't like shows about serious subjects

70
Interesting characters, Good acting, Good conflict, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if like family drama.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light.

89
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Intense

See it if Like to watch matters of family and relationships

Don't see it if Want to see a musical

40
Cliched, Banal, Insipid, Funny

See it if you are a fan of bad Lifetime movies- this is pure melodrama and camp under the guise of a Very Important Topic on a very cheap set.

Don't see it if You are looking for a thoughtful debate play on abortion (the pregnant woman isn't even a character), nuanced writing, or quality acting.

80
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy stories that are deep and talk about controversial topics.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy controversial topics.

55
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.

80
Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Emotional

See it if You enjoy thought provoking, emotional theater.

Don't see it if You're looking to be up lifted and have a cheery time.

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see good actors tackle a tough secret

Don't see it if you like to avoid tough subjects

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're a fan of Ibsen whose influence is all over the play. Production elements are top-notch and the theater venue is perfect for the play.

Don't see it if much like one of the characters in the play, you are a staunch conservative whose sensibilities are easily offended.

40
Banal, Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy "issues" pieces without much action.

Don't see it if you like fast-paced, absorbing dramas.

95
Absorbing, Delightful

See it if This show is interesting, family life, past secrets, and ever day issues. Very enjoyable, great acting.

Don't see it if You dont like a play about everyday issues

70
Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to think about some deep question and hard subjects. The actress playing Joyce is fantastic and this show will hit some tough spots

Don't see it if You want a more comedic or light show. This is a pretty serious production overall. It does have its flaws and some actors are a little weak

65
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.

50
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.

26
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You have a burning need to feel conflicted about life decisions.

Don't see it if You like good performances.

45
Dated, Poorly acted, Living room drama, Swing and miss, Underwhelming

See it if You want an example of an idea that falls short.

Don't see it if You don't want to listen to unnatural dialogue.

86
Dated, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want to see great acting.

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

79
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You like to open your mind and rethink a position on an issue that is unfortunately present in today's world

Don't see it if If heavy topics make you very upset or uncomfortable

75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You'd like to see some excellent actors tackle a difficult and important subject

Don't see it if You don't like plays

57
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
49
Play focusing on role of grandparents in abortion decision for potential grandchild produces contrived/unsatisfying conflict

See it if you appreciate effort to bring new perspective on abortion dilemma: pressure placed on grandparent couples' otherwise shaky relationships

Don't see it if you don't enjoy unsubtle/amateurish acting; focus on grandparents diverts focus from gut-wrenching abortion decision by parents

During previews
68
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
77
Absorbing, Original

See it if You enjoy a well-acted family drama with a great set design and a heart-wrenching decision that has to be made.

Don't see it if You don't like modern fast-paced dramas, as this show runs 1 hour 25 minutes.

During previews
72
Slow, Intense, Great acting

See it if If want to see a family dealing with tragic news and the arguments ensuing from a heart-wrenching decision.

Don't see it if you do not want to be witness to a finger-pointing "blame game," or arguments of morality.


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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