Drama · ugly tuna ensemble · Ages 15+ · 90 mins · United States of America

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SAESUN KIM certified reviewer June 22, 2024
tagged as: Engaging · emotional · existentialism
"Sunken" is a powerful and emotionally resonant play that delves deep into the complexities of grief, loss, and existentialism. The narrative seamlessly alternates between two distinct yet interconnected scenes: one depicting four adults grappling with the trauma of losing their children, and the other portraying the deceased children in a purgatory-like state. This dual setting offers a poignant exploration of the human condition, echoing themes from Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialism, particularly reminiscent of his play "No Exit." In "No Exit," Sartre famously concludes that "Hell is other people," illustrating how interpersonal conflicts and the search for understanding can lead to eternal torment. Similarly, "Sunken" captures the init... full review
ALFIYA POPE certified reviewer June 13, 2024
tagged as: talented · emotional · exciting · intense
Frankly, the show was spectacular. It was a deep emotional experience, both gritty and intense. The story took us to the depths of human sorrow and loneliness, then lifted our spirits high as parents bonded with their deceased children through an inexplicable gulf between worlds. The acting was top notch - very believable, with real tears and laughter. All of the characters really came alive. Overall, an exhilarating emotional experience that we will remember for the rest of our lives. ... full review
SANGHUN KIM certified reviewer June 22, 2024
Sunken is a deep insightful look into what it means to lose someone close. An incredibly insightful play coming from a surprisingly young writer. Writer/ director/ actor Skyler Shen shows again, after her previous play Fishbowl Sonata, that her unique voice in writing tells not just one perspective of a story but from multiple points of views. In Sunken she delves into both the mind of the children and parents that have lost each other and are separated by mortality. A seemingly dark and yet hopeful story that is wrapped in a lot of references to fish and water.... full review
JOSEPH KIM certified reviewer June 22, 2024
Attending Sunken was an extraordinary experience. The direction was nothing short of astonishing, seamlessly guiding the audience through a captivating narrative. Each actor's performance was truly outstanding, with every role brought to life in a vivid and compelling manner. The transitions between different points of view, ultimately converging into a unified perspective, were particularly striking and left a lasting impression. The overall metaphors and the emotions the director aimed to convey were profoundly effective. This play not only entertained but also moved the audience, delivering a deeply satisfying evening.... full review