By Donna Herman

Theater is a collaborative art. Unlike writing or painting, you can’t do it alone.  The reason why Sea Wall/A Life moved from The Public Theater Off Broadway to The Hudson Theater on Broadway recently is that Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal discovered something they hadn’t realized while performing at The Public.  This production of Sea Wall/A Life turns out to be a collaboration between the performers and the audience.  Sensitive direction by Carrie Cracknell has obliterated the fourth wall and created a space where memories can be shared with safety and acceptance.  For my full review of Sea Wall/A Life go here.

Sea Wall/A Life by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne, Directed by Carrie Cracknell

WITH: Tom Sturridge (Alex); Jake Gyllenhaal (Abe)

Scenic Design by Laura Jellinek; Costume Design by Kaye Voyce & Christopher Peterson; Lighting Design by Guy Hoare; Sound Design by Daniel Kluger; Projection Design by Luke Halls; Original Music by Stuart Earl; Production Stage Manager, Peter Lawrence; Stage Manager, Kate Croasdale.  Presented by Nine Stories, Ambassador Theatre Group, Seaview Productions, Benjamin Lowy Productions and The Public Theater at The Hudson Theater, 141 West 44th Street, NYC.  For Tickets visit or call 855-801-5876, or visit the theater Box Office at 141 W. 44th St.