‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Broadway Review: Jake Gyllenhaal And Tom Sturridge Bring Power To The Big Stage

‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Broadway Review: Jake Gyllenhaal And Tom Sturridge Bring Power To The Big Stage
The wrenching (and slyly funny) Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge double-bill of one-act plays, Sea Wall/A Life, has lost none of its intimate power in the move from Off Broadway to Broadway’s Hudson Theater, where it opens tonight.

Aside from a late-in-the-show visual flourish involving the projection of a many-windowed building facade, the production has few noticeable alterations. That projection, though, is a nice touch, suggesting that the very personal pain experienced by each of these characters could be happening behind each and every pane of glass.

When I reviewed the production in February during its Public Theatre engagement, I was struck by the emotional impact of the performances, the writing and Carrie Cracknell’s direction. All of that stands, but seeing it again, this time in the larger Broadway venue, I noticed the many moments of
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