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Lucille Lortel Theatre

Aubrey Plaza makes her stage debut in a searing revival of this quietly devastating two-hander about strangers who connect in a Bronx bar.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Tickets Available Now

Catch Aubrey Plaza in her stage debut Off-Broadway in a blistering revival of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at the Lortel Theatre.

Starring opposite Golden Globe nominee Christopher Abbott, Plaza plays a single mom who finds solace and connection with a stranger at a bar. This deeply felt portrayal of joy, pain and the spaces in between is one of NYC’s hottest tickets this Fall, so book early and get ready to see two incredible actors in a play that’s “the equivalent of sitting at ringside watching a prize fight” (The New York Times).

What is Danny and the Deep Blue Sea about?

Roberta is a divorcee living with her teenage son. Danny is a brooding, solitary man who lives with his mother. They are both haunted by their pasts and when they run into each other at a bar in the Bronx, they sit down and compare battle scars. Over drinks, they excavate deeply concealed feelings, fears and truths, and tentatively share their hopes and desires.

Aubrey Plaza in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Aubrey Plaza stars as Roberta in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, in her anticipated stage debut. Theatergoers will recognize Plaza from Parks and Recreation, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and The White Lotus.

The cast of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea also includes Christopher Abbott as Danny. Abbott is best known for his work in indie films including Martha Marcy May Marlene, and a Golden Globe-nominated performance as John Yossarian in Catch-22 on Hulu. He previously appeared on Broadway in The House of Blue Leaves.

Plaza and Abbott last appeared together in the 2020 black comedy Black Bear; if you enjoyed them bouncing off each other in the movie, this is a great chance to see their rapport in person.

Who wrote Danny and the Deep Blue Sea?

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is a powerful early drama from playwright John Patrick Shanley which debuted Off-Broadway in 1984.

Shanley is an Academy Award-winning writer, and his play Doubt: A Parable won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards. He has written over 20 plays that have been staged on and off Broadway.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Off-Broadway Creative Team

This hot revival of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is directed by Jeff Ward, with movement by Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber, scenic design by Scott Pask, lighting design by John Torres, costume design by Arianne Phillips, and sound design by Kate Marvin.

Don’t Miss Tickets for Danny and the Deep Blue Sea!

This is a great chance to see Aubrey Plaza in her very first stage role, in a play that dives deep into the hopes and fears of two strangers and makes you appreciate the power of simple human connection. Don’t miss Danny and the Deep Blue Sea’s intimate, gentle story as it unfolds Off-Broadway this year.

Sorry this show closed 09 January 2024, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
13 Jan 2024 - 09 Jan 2024
Running time:
1 hour and 20 minutes.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Reviews

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User Reviews


I am not entirely sure what the point of this story is. I also found the relationship between the two characters to be forced. I am also confused as to what the point of the dance sequence was. I did like the set design and choice of music.

Performance date: 06 January 2024

Great show. Fantastic performances.

Performance date: 11 November 2023
Performance date: 15 November 2023
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