A Day By the Sea
By N.C. Hunter
Directed By Austin Pendleton
July 23rd through September 24th
- Tuesday – Thursday 7pm
- Friday & Saturday 8pm
- Saturday & Sunday 2pm
410 West 42nd Street
(between 9th and Dyer)
Tickets will go on sale this spring.
A DAY BY THE SEA, set in a seaside town in Dorset after the Second World War, is a moving and often funny depiction of shattered ambitions and personal isolation. Julian Anson, a civil servant approaching middle age, is demoted after learning that his appetite for hard work has only antagonized his superiors.
A DAY BY THE SEA opened on the West End in 1953 and ran for 386 performances in a production that starred Dame Sybil Thorndike, Irene Worth, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson. In New York, the play opened in 1955 with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn headlining the cast; Hunter’s only Broadway production.
In reviewing A DAY BY THE SEA, Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times called Hunter “a writer with a lot of charm, skill and taste” and went on to call the play, “a subtle, civilized comedy… humorous, touching, gentle, wistful, and wise.” Atkinson continued to praise the playwright, comparing him to the masterful Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov:
“To call a playwright ‘Chekhovian’ today is to utter opprobrium and to consign him to the doghouse. For ‘Chekhovian’ has become a synonym for preciousness and languor. But the word is not applied to [N.C. Hunter] maliciously…For he is a reflective writer in his own right. The dawdling pace, the improvised narrative, the characterizations of people who associate but never blend, the random remarks—are methods of style that become him.”