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Theater & Shows

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Flynn Spirit Productions present Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
Runs through May 3
Phoenix Theatre
414 Mason Street
San Francisco

Looks like a hot new Bay Area theatre company has entered the ring at the Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco. Audiences and critics have been knocked out of their seats by newcomer Flynn Spirit Productions’ staging of John Patrick Shanley’s (Doubt, Moonstruck) “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.” The production is directed by Estelle Piper and features Paul Ulloa and Kimberley Roberts. The electricity generated by the two actors fills the 48-seat Phoenix and shoots high-voltage charges through the audience.

“This show would merit a rave review were the theatrical company decades old. But it deserves special acclaim because the two-character drama is Flynn Spirit Productions’ first outing. Let’s say, six stars out of five.” – Woody Weingarten, For All Events, Marinscope

“Believe me - watch this Prize Fight! Oh what fun!...It’s the grandest production team I’ve seen in years…Rating: Six Stars ****** “-- Lee Hartgrave Tonight

“As Danny, Paul Ulloa brings out the most violence I have ever seen on a stage.” -- Lee Hartgrave Tonight

“The 20-minute first act is as intense as anything I’ve seen on a Bay Area stage in many a moon.” -- Woody Weingarten, For All Events

All Performances, $30

Kimberley Roberts (Roberta) and Paul Ulloa (Danny) in John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Phoenix Theatre, San Francisco, through May 3. Photo: Sharon Rimando.
The Story:
Set in a rundown bar in the Bronx, two of society's rejects, Danny, a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason, and Roberta, a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman strike up a conversation over a beer. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call "the beast," seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving a family member, is distrustful of men in general. As their initial reserve begins to melt, they decide to spend the night together, which each hopes will bring the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship.

Ticket price: $30

Friday, April 24, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM