Days to Come
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Days to Come
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Days to Come NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(99 Ratings)
Positive
74%
Mixed
21%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Dated, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

About the Show

The Mint Theater Company presents Lillian Hellman’s second play, a family drama set against the backdrop of labor strife in a small Ohio town which threatens to tear apart both town and family. 

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247 Reviews | 61 Followers
92
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in the 30s, in labor disputes and unions and if you love great acting

Don't see it if you are not interested in any of the above. Read more

273 Reviews | 36 Followers
91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Timeless story, well written, fine acting and sets

Don't see it if You don’t like drama

302 Reviews | 99 Followers
91
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays with positives and negatives of both sides in a small industrial town in the 1930s when a factory was yet to be unionized.

Don't see it if You want a play with a definite preference for one side or the other. Herman shows us good and bad of both factory owners and workers. Read more

90 Reviews | 33 Followers
90
Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like compelling family drama with great acting and a beautiful set for a small off-off broadway theater.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of period piece plays. If you want a crystal clear line between good and evil as the play doesn’t take sides.

332 Reviews | 41 Followers
88
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to see a play about a family in Ohio and what happens when there is a labor strike in the company they own and how all are affected

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about this family and strike breaking. Read more

812 Reviews | 133 Followers
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a well balanced representation of the conflict between Labor and Management. Excellent writing and acting.

Don't see it if you expect a play favoring the Labor movement. This play is sympathetic to both side's views and the characters are realistically played. Read more

234 Reviews | 43 Followers
85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant, Sharp

See it if you're pro-union, you recognize Lillian Hellman is America's answer to Ibsen, and you like period details on your social criticism.

Don't see it if you're a member of the 2% who recoils at the thought of having all the pretend stripped away so you're forced to see your greedy self naked. Read more

136 Reviews | 16 Followers
85
Days of rage.

See it if you like Lillian Hellman--and you want to know what she wrote after "The Children's Hour."

Don't see it if talky plays turn you off. Read more

Critic Reviews (32)

The New York Times
August 26th, 2018

"Hellman’s sprawling, centerless play...It’s a mishmash of acting styles in a tonally uneven production that rarely wipes the dust of decades from the text. It’s an overloaded play but there is more life in it than the Mint staging finds...'Days to Come' feels like she couldn’t decide whether she was writing a play or a film. Opened up on the screen, it might have blossomed. Onstage in this revival, it simply wilts."
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The Wall Street Journal
September 6th, 2018

“’Days to Come’ is not without flaw...Hellman wasn’t yet able to smoothly entwine the disparate strands of her plot, and on occasion she indulges in the preachiness that forever after was to be her besetting sin. Nevertheless, it is as dramatically potent as any of her hits, and the Mint’s production, directed with self-effacing sureness by J.R. Sullivan, is so strong as to paper over the author’s occasional missteps. The cast couldn’t be better.”
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Theatermania
August 26th, 2018

"Well-staged and smartly acted, it still leaves us underwhelmed by a script that bites off more than it can chew...Hellman thrillingly eschews simplistic agitprop, fully humanizing her characters...But it's Hellman's expansive scope that is also the play's undoing: Not only does it dilute focus, but the linguistic labor and dramatic contrivance...ensures a long and often painfully dull process...Neither as funny or tragic as it has the potential to be."
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BroadwayWorld
August 27th, 2018

"Very fine production...Most of the women are peripheral to the story...But there is much focus, though not a sufficient amount of depth, devoted to Andrew's wife, Julie...Alternating between family drama and Depression-era labor issues, 'Days to Come' serves neither satisfactorily, but it's still a worthy venture for the Mint, and an intriguing curiosity for audiences."
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Lighting & Sound America
August 27th, 2018

"If it runs aground, it is, nevertheless, a fascinating work...Just when events come to a head, the playwright goes off on an unaccustomed talking jag, convening several characters for an extended postmortem that drains much of the evening's excitement...Until this point, J. R. Sullivan's production maintains a steadily mounting tension, aided by a solid, and sometimes inspired, cast...Even though it disappoints, for anyone with a serious interest in Hellman, 'Days to Come' is a must."
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Talkin' Broadway
August 26th, 2018

"This is no unearthed treasure...'Days to Come' spends comparatively little time dealing with the plight of the striking workers and, instead, devolves for much of its length into a poorly written domestic drama...Probably due to both the flawed writing and a lack of strong guidance from Sullivan, the Mint production is inconsistently well acted...If 'Days to Come' has turned out to be a disappointment, the production design is up to the Mint's excellent standard."
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New York Stage Review
August 26th, 2018

"Definitely a disappointing head-scratcher. And the Mint Theater Company’s current production doesn’t make a convincing case for its resurrection. The biggest problem, apologies to Ms. Hellman, is simply the play itself, which, even almost 100 years on, is in the midst a major identity crisis...Using the strike as a backdrop is a fine, if curious, choice—as long as something in the foreground is compelling and eye-catching. And none of these characters are."
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Theater News Online
August 27th, 2018

"In part due to Hellman's inexperience as a writer (it was only her second play) and J.R. Sullivan's initially sluggish direction, the production really doesn't come fully alive until after intermission, largely because the first act is so heavy on exposition as it introduces both its vast cast of characters and numerous plot strands. But the second act makes up for it, with plenty of crackling dialogue and surprising twists to keep the audience fully engaged."
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