The Lucky One
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The Lucky One
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The Lucky One NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(140 Ratings)
Positive
82%
Mixed
16%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great acting, Entertaining, Dated, Intelligent, Slow

About the Show

The Mint Theater presents a rare revival of A. A. Milne's 1919 play exploring the antagonistic relationship between two brothers.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (140)

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141 Reviews | 28 Followers
100
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Clever

See it if Love great writing and acting!

Don't see it if you want mindless entertainment.

116 Reviews | 53 Followers
98
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting, Platinum quality!

See it if U appreciate classic A. A. Milne play done with intelligent direction & superb acting. U like British drama & good dialogues.

Don't see it if U dislike dated period settings or revival of classics. U cannot understand educated British accents easily. U want a musical. Read more

102 Reviews | 20 Followers
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you enjoy a theater experience of great acting...and a wonderful forgotten play. The Mint Theater always manages to present great plays.

Don't see it if you do not like period pieces.

1180 Reviews | 466 Followers
93
Great acting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a show that has many layers to it. Though set in a time and class foreign to most still resonates. Superbly acted!

Don't see it if You don't like period pieces or shows that make you look at your own family relationships and re-examine them.

79 Reviews | 25 Followers
90
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like subtlety and ambiguity.

Don't see it if you tend to have one perspective on things.

88 Reviews | 26 Followers
90
Entertaining, Delightful, Intelligent, Must see

See it if want to have a delightful evening at the theater.

Don't see it if you do not mind missing a chance to see this rarely produced play. Read more

314 Reviews | 40 Followers
90
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if solid old-style play with perceptive insight into the society of the time with still relevant themes. the family conflict is suspenseful

Don't see it if have no patience with expository filler. don't want to listen to beautiful writing and exquisite characters

159 Reviews | 20 Followers
90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to go back in time and enjoy the English countryside. The set is fabulous.... The aunt is the star of the show!

Don't see it if you like a fast-paced, very funny and snappy show.

Critic Reviews (28)

The New York Times
May 22nd, 2017

"The play doesn’t have quite the punch of the Mint’s best rediscoveries, but it has enough to convey why Milne was a successful playwright before he became better known for those enduring children’s stories about Winnie-the-Pooh...The pay doesn’t translate particularly well to our era...Yet Mr. Grant and Mr. Brand, under the direction of Jesse Marchese, build their respective characters slowly but steadily, and each lands an effective moment after the intermission."
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BroadwayWorld
May 26th, 2017

"A playgoer wouldn't be blamed for anticipating a night of vintage bon mots and comedy of manners gracefulness. And while Marchese's swell, well-acted production is filled with pretty people...the play is more of a somber one...The story moves slowly until the brothers have a climatic confrontation...May not be a forgotten gem, but there's certainly a fascination to seeing social issues of the wealthier class addressed by a literary figure whose name has become synonymous with whimsy."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 19th, 2017

"Milne's script creaks as often as it crackles...The expository conversation is so determinedly cheery and self-consciously witty that you might find your teeth aching, just a little...Marchese gets three incisive performances from his leads...The rest of the cast is more than capable at delivering their one-note characters...For fans of theatre history, it is a highly collectible experience...The playwright's sharp intelligence is on display, if inconsistently applied."
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Talkin' Broadway
May 18th, 2017

"'The Lucky One' turns out to be so good a play that it's hard to understand why it's so rarely revived and isn't considered at least a minor classic...The casting could hardly be improved upon...But if I had to name only one actor here who deserves every possible award nomination for which she's eligible, that would be the sublime Paton Ashbrook...Director Jesse Marchese presides over all of the above with the utmost skill...A stellar presentation."
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TheaterScene.net
May 19th, 2017

“While the Mint's productions of Milne's ‘Mr. Pim Passes By’ and ‘The Truth About Blayds’ revealed that they were witty and clever, ‘The Lucky One,’ on the other hand, pales by comparison. Jesse Marchese's languid direction doesn't help matters. While the cast is not at fault due to the thinness of the material leaving too much unsaid, neither the production nor the play seem to be up to the Mint Theater Company's usually impeccable standards.”
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CurtainUp
May 19th, 2017

"A play with a classic and easy to identify with central conflict but also a major flaw: too many underdeveloped and basically superfluous characters...The script's characterization problems unfortunately undermine the very fine final confrontation...Neither the direction nor set for 'The Lucky One' do much to downplay its weaknesses...The actors all do their best with the parts they've been given...If only 'The Lucky One' were as powerful throughout as during that final scene."
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Theatre is Easy
May 18th, 2017

"A rich drama...Grant shades with pathos a role that could have come across as just glib...Brand is very affecting as the brooding, resentful brother...But the MVP is Cynthia Harris...Aunt Harriett has the best lines and Harris, clearly enjoying herself, uses lacerating wit to great effect...Jesse Marchese has paced the three acts well...Milne’s play is not without flaws...But the Mint Theater shores up their reputation with another solid production."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 18th, 2017

"The turn taken in Act 2 is surprising and is the meat and potatoes of this production which, in Act I, may tend to lull you into wondering what’s going on here other than a lot of snooty chatter about golf, social status and poor old Bob!...Jesse Marchese directs this lovely cast of characters."
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