Already closed | 1h 45m | Midtown W

The New Morality

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

About the show

The Mint, producer of "neglected plays," presents a light comedy; a memorable excursion aboard a houseboat on a fashionable reach of the Thames in 1911, the hottest summer on record. More…

Betty Jones has been simmering for weeks, watching her husband make an ass of himself by paying excessive attention to their neighbor, Muriel Wister. Betty finally boils over and tells Muriel exactly what she thinks of her—using bad language. Muriel's husband, Mr. Wister attempts to apologize on behalf of his wife, but Betty absolutely refuses to oblige. The Mint Theatre Company has a mission of discovering forgotten gems, plays that have been rarely or never produced, and creating connections between the past and the present.

1h 45m | Already closed | Mint Theater (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (22)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
82
Avg Score

95
Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to see a deliciously funny British show that has themes we can all relate to.

Don't see it if n/a - closed

Also I wrote one word on the playbill when I saw this show in Oct 2015 - "E... Read more Read less

98
Thought-provoking, Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like slow moving plays based on great dialog

Don't see it if you find British Accents difficult

92
Clever, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You like classic English humor and good dialogue.

Don't see it if You can't appreciate period pieces or monologues about morality and old school ethics.

65
Clever, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a strong feminist play of which the themes are still relevant.

Don't see it if You don't like the slow burn of a plot or multiple monologues.

50
Entertaining

See it if Like comedies about social mores

Don't see it if Dislike the above

60
Dated, Great acting, Overrated, Slow, Dialogue heavy

See it if you like period dialogue, sets, and costumes. It's extremely dialogue heavy with comedic moments. 3 short acts with 2 10 min intermissions.

Don't see it if you can't understand British accents. you want something modern. you want to be challenged, you want to think.

80
Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like older stories.

Don't see it if you don't like plays for the 1920's.

75
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like 1930's-1940's movies full of wit and banter about morality that touch on gender roles. You like drawing room plays performed well.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a slight play extended with two intermissions so they can change the set over. The show was good but it still dragged.

72
Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Not too heavy

See it if A beautiful piece that was thoroughly enjoyable.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy matters of social status.

55
Uneven, Dated, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you enjoy museum pieces. Acting is uneven with Ned Noyes a comic stand out. Other performances lack his heart and specificity of character.

Don't see it if the argument of the play is hard to follow I'm afraid.

72
Clever, Dated, Relevant

See it if you have a thing for ladies with Bernadette Peters hair, you dig good production design and period costumes, you like a battle of the sexes

Don't see it if You need a lot of action, you hate British accents and slightly pretentious folks, you have bad childhood memories of time spent on lakes

96
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see a really fun play with great writing, acting, and set design and want to spend time on a house boat with some cheeky people!

Don't see it if You prefer musicals and contemporary stories/settings.

86
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy relationship topics, appreciate great acting, and want to see something that makes you think.

Don't see it if you don't like long, preachy monologues and prefer more contemporary theater.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Fun

See it if you want to see the one of the funniest early 20th century, Hugh Grant-esque drunken rants of all time + great production values & acting.

Don't see it if you can't get into the time period. The scandal of calling your neighbor a bad name doesn't really hold the same weight in 2015.

During previews
97
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy witty comedies that are set in the past, yet are very relevant to today.

Don't see it if you do not like intelligent theatre.

During previews
90
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if You like British humor

Don't see it if Think only raunchy things are funny

During previews
85
Delightful, Hilarious, Intelligent, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if you like Mint Theater and the kinds of plays they produce, i.e. old fashioned, literate, well-made plays from the past.

Don't see it if you only want cutting-edge productions and plays.

During previews
100
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if Witty, funny well acted & directed. See it if you a are a theater lover.An old play by a great playwright and timely today as it was then.

Don't see it if I have nothing to say

During previews
95
Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like witty comedies of manners, with terrific acting, clever sets, and something to think about after you stop laughing (a lot).

Don't see it if you automatically think anything written before last week is dated.

During previews
95
Delightful, Exquisite, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you love the craft as well as the art of theater. This is meticulously staged and acted. And this play has relevance and depth for us today.

Don't see it if a night at the theater for you means easy tunes and ear-splitting sound systems.

During previews
95
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Smiles on the way home!

See it if you like fast paced, quick humor, well-acted, not a weak link in the chain. Not to miss; laughter all around; another gem at the Mint

Don't see it if . . . you tend to wet your pants when you laugh!

During previews
95
Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You like period plays that mean something today.

Don't see it if You don't like theater at all.


September 24th, 2015
"The writing is charming and finely observed, with only a tinge of must. The direction by Jonathan Bank, is appealing and apposite. The acting is adept...But ultimately the play isn’t especially high-proof, too tidy and conventional. The arguments about men and women and marriage seem intended to...
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September 21st, 2015
"Like a flute of champagne left out in the sun, the vintage play 'The New Morality' (1911) starts off scintillating but ultimately falls flat...Even if the play itself has outlived its moment, the actors—including a superfluous solicitor and the requisite servants—are all excellent and very belie...
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"Jonathan Bank directs the fine cast with the right balance of thoughtfulness and silliness. Meaney is wonderful in the central role, showing consummate humor, feeling, and intelligence. But, in a surprising twist, the playwright puts his theme in the mouth of a drunken upper-class twit, and Ned ...
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September 21st, 2015
"'The New Morality' is honored with a lavishly crafted production...But the play itself leaves much to be desired...The wafer-thin 'New Morality' can hardly compare with the alternately funny and thought-provoking work of other playwrights from the time, like George Bernard Shaw. Perhaps that exp...
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