On the Shore of the Wide World OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    September 12, 2017
    Closing:
    October 8, 2017

    Theater: Atlantic Theater Co. Linda Gross Theater / 336 West 20th Street, New York, NY, 10011

    Synopsis: 

    In Simon Stephens’ stunning play, something is about to happen that will change one family forever. Set over the course of nine months, On the Shore of the Wide World is about love, family, Roy Keane and the size of the galaxy.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF On the Shore of the Wide World

    3 Generations Aching to Connect 'On the Shore of the Wide World'

    Ben Brantley

    September 12, 2017:

    If you think you’ve heard it all before, then you need to listen more closely.

    Watching Simon Stephens’s “On the Shore of the Wide World,” the stealth heartbreaker that opened on Tuesday night at the Linda Gross Theater, you may at first feel a tug of impatience. Surely you’ve already met every one of the characters here, in domestic dramas, novels, even television series: those discontented husbands and wives, parents and children, all mired in stagnant lives.

    You know more or less where they’re headed, too, which would be nowhere. And it’s not as if the dead-end road they travel is paved with sparkling dialogue or fiery confrontation. The three generations of a working-class family portrayed in this British work, which won the 2006 Olivier Award for Best Play, are mostly quiet-spoken and liable to reach for the closest cliché to fill a silence.

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