The Seeing Place Theater, known for
intensely intimate ensemble work, tackles John Patrick
Shanley's brutal and romantic story of "Beauty and the Beast in the Bronx."
A man and a woman, both lonely outcasts, meet in a bar - in desperate need
of a change. He is violent and possibly homicidal,
she is tormented and possibly suicidal; each is transformed
by the love of the other. The New York Times suggested
the play would be more appropriately titled, "The Beast and the Beast". If so, this is the story of two beasts fighting to accept beauty into their
(Photos by Natasha Straley and Scott Fetterman. Click image for production photos.)
THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
Peter Filichia, Kritzerland - "The finest performances I saw this month came
from Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker, two young actors
The Lover and Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,
courtesy of their theater company The Seeing Place.
I was so impressed at their naturalness; these kids
weren’t acting but had just happened to become the
characters, that’s all. I look forward to seeing more
at The Seeing Place."
Will Kenton, Cultural Capitol - "A truly innovative theater company takes chances and goes the extra mile to entertain
you. The Seeing Place Theater goes the extra mile
by playing to the strengths of its members...Erin
Cronican takes a star turn as a woman whose love
might be able to save Danny, but isn’t enough to
save herself. Her performance of Roberta was the
most genuine and touching performance I have seen
Ron Covar, Best of Off-Broadway - "The casting of Walker and Cronican is truly
inspired. Brandon Walker, in a role originated by John
Turturro, embodies Danny in every way. He is funny
yet he could also move you to tears at the same time.
Erin Cronican holds her own as she matches Walker's
pitch-perfect portrayal of Danny. Their chemistry is
so perfect that John Patrick Shanley must have been
proud and delighted to see this endearing pair bring
real flesh and blood to Danny and Roberta... With this
play, The Seeing Place has conquered its own Scylla
and Charybdis as it has succeeded in planting the seed
towards earning the distinction that it truly deserves.
And the people who have seen this remarkable production
certainly believe that The Seeing Place has finally
Chris McKittrick, Daily Actor - "This is the third Seeing Place production that I’ve been invited to review this
season and perhaps the biggest compliment I can pay
them is that I make sure I have been there every
time...Walker’s Danny is a street tough who only
seems to know how to hurt, while Cronican’s Roberta
flirts with him by taunting him, teetering close
to the edge of his patience and tolerance for that
kind of behavior...What The Seeing Place puts on
stage is constantly worth seeing. While these two
productions are much smaller in scope than their
previous productions I’ve reviewed, both prove that
The Seeing Place is one of the theater companies
worth noticing if you haven’t already."
Richard Cameron, The Examiner - "TOP PICK FOR THEATER IN NY. The conversations
between shows may just be the magic The Seeing Place
Theater wanted to brand. Having shows in repertory
allows theatre lovers to talk about what they just
saw and anticipate the following play, both creating
conversation about the art that have just witnessed
or what they are about to experience. With the ticket
price at $12. a play, a special price of $20. for
both plays, The Seeing Place has created affordable
theatre and a new brand of live theatre that could
stick around NYC for years to come."
Scott Mitchell, Reviews Off Broadway - "As presented by The Seeing Place Theater,
it is a vibrant and emotional story exploring venerability
and redemption... It is a moving and great show. Director
Ariel Francoeur and her actors have created an intense
experience - full of surprise,
apprehension and unexpected tenderness... The show has
been extended this week, see it if you can."
Jennifer Szulman, ReviewFix - "Erin Cronican as bitter single
mother Roberta and Brandon Walker as total recluse
Danny meet in a bar and discover they are more similar
than they originally thought. The way these two actors
portray the sullenness of these characters is phenomenal.
Everything from Cronican and Walker’s body language,
to their clothing, to their...believable New York
City accent is completely on point...[It] had many
other positive attributes such as the crummy looking
a small set, all the stage pieces are perfectly suited
for the plot and story...Great technical production."
Erin McGuff, Woman Around Town - "Restraint is what thrills an audience most
because only restraint can breed true catharsis...it’s
why we come to the theatre. We need to see ourselves
on stage – restrained
for as long as possible, until finally, we have to
break through...Both Cronican
and Walker are capable performers with a penchant for
the tongue-in-cheek, and each possesses
enough confidence to inspire a commanding stage presence.
Two able actors, they handle the rich dialogue of Pinter
and Shanley with a good deal of awareness and expertise
(Cronican’s speeches as Roberta in Danny are especially
astute)...The restraint in Pinter and Shanley’s characters
comes from their failure: these are people who have
tried to be bold, failed in some way, and now, afraid
and vulnerable, keep themselves and their failure locked
tightly in cages, all the while craving to break free."
Patron review, Theatermania - "I have seen many performances, in Australia, UK and US of "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" but in this one the actors found the lot; love, pathos, anger, fear, hopefulness,
hopelessness, joy, happiness! And the comedy! They
found the comedy and, in this play, that takes guts.
- Stella Pulo, The Actors Studio"
Patron Review, Theatermania - "Deeply felt characterisations in "Danny...", where both Cronican and Walker get into the skin of their portraits, to allow
the universal humanity of their surface flawed characters
to be perceived, and empathy arises, where once judgement
may have shrouded the ache beneath. There are a number
of touching moments, as one sees the promise of redemption
break through the dawn of the new day, to leave the
dark night of their souls as prelude to the hope we
all trust awaits us still. Congrats on these fine thespians
in bringing this to life/light, whilst retaining the
requisite darkness their journey has necessitated.
Having already seen a number of fine productions of
this pleasantly priced troupe, I look forward to further
forays in their realms theatric."
Patron review, Theatermania - "Bravo Once Again! Every time I see a Seeing Place production,
I am amazed at what they do. Brandon
Walker and Erin Cronican set the stage on fire as
they portray various tormented souls in two very
different worlds. Both plays allow us to see how
wonderfully versatile and committed these actors
are. It can be easy to make their characters unlikeable
by how rough and carnal Roberta and Danny are. Yet
like true geniuses they go deeper (no pun intended)
and show the vulnerability and profound needs of
their roles. We end up rooting for their love rather
than merely observing two messed up people trying
to live. It's very human and very real. It is Voyeurism.
Simplified. Simply stunning and yet another great
piece of theater."
Patron review, Theatermania - "The Seeing Place keeps the art of live theatre accessible to ANYONE.
This is a chance to visit a new classic, for less
price of a movie ticket. The moving power of this "Danny" stayed with me through to the next morning. The acting is terrific, and The
Seeing Place's dedication to excellent storytelling
through. Why would you not go?!!"
Patron review, Theatermania - "Do not miss your last chance to see The Seeing Place Theater's latest production
of Danny and The Deep Blue Sea. It is some of the
best theater I have ever seen! The chemistry between
actors, Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker is absolutely
amazing. They will both break your heart and help
mend it back together, all within the span of 75
minutes. The acting is so good you actually forget
you're watching a play, and feel more like a voyeuristic
fly on the wall in the lives of these two damaged
souls. Please do not miss this opportunity to see
some amazing theater. I do not normally write reviews,
but I was so moved by the production that I had to
help spread the word. Now get off your butt and go
see this show!"
Patron review, Theatermania - "This was a truly beautiful production. The performances from both of the actors
were so bravely and intimately shared. There was
no shying away from the heavy stuff here- just two
specifically and deeply explored human beings fluidly
existing onstage. It was really something special."
Patron review, Theatermania - "“Danny…” is one of those rare Off Broadway gems that come along all too seldom.
Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker have elevated John
Patrick Shanley’s play into an exquisitely moving
theater experience. Their performances are multi
layered, brave and inspiring. As an audience member
you find yourself holding your breath – so wanting
to be hopeful and see these two very struggling characters
fight their way to a hopeful conclusion. That it
arrives at such a believable ending is a tribute
to the acting and directing craft that went into
this piece. And where else can you get all this for
a (seriously) low price!"
Patron review, Theatermania - "What I love about The Seeing Place is their devotion to raw, grounded reality.
They are true to life and explore the nuances and
isms of characters. What I want to see in my theatre
is the ugly truth, and with Danny and The Deep Blue
Sea, Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker do just that.
They've boldly gotten their claws on these characters
and the pasts that haunt them and make their audiences
watch. For the sake of theatre, keep it up please!"
Patron review, Theatermania - "Great script, great directing, great acting. This is a company I will be making
time to see again."
|This show was originally presented in true repertory with a companion piece, Pinter's The Lover, performed by the same actors and same creative team - back to back on the same
day. Click here to read more about that production...
Cast of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea:
Danny - Brandon Walker+*
Roberta - Erin Cronican+*
Director - Ariel Francoeur
Producers - Erin Cronican+* & Brandon Walker+*
Stage Management (original run)- Preesa Adeline Bullington+
Stage Management (Off-Broadway extension)- Norah Scheinman
Set Design - Michael Minahan+
Costume Design - Preesa Adeline Bullington+
Lighting Design - Sara Gosses
Sound Design - Sean Demers*
Social Media/PR Manager - Kathryn Schmitt
Fight Choreography - Teddy Lytle
+ = Company
* = Member of AEA