The Price of Thomas Scott
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The Price of Thomas Scott

The Price of Thomas Scott NYC Reviews and Tickets

(134 Ratings)
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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Dated, Great staging, Entertaining

About the Show

The Mint presents Elizabeth Baker’s 1913 comic drama about a businessman who is reluctant to sell his shop for conversion into a dance hall because of his objection to dancing.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (134)

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290 Reviews | 92 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like classic plays with the wonderful mastery of the Mint Theater Company with all that’s keeps things fresh for today’s audiences.

Don't see it if You want to see contemporary shows.

69 Reviews | 20 Followers
Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy beautifully staged and excellently acted dramas that will resonate with you regardless of your political views.

Don't see it if If you only like musicals, comedies, or plays that are thought provoking and may challenge your beliefs.

232 Reviews | 20 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You enjoy family drama plays

Don't see it if You like musicals and comedies

336 Reviews | 46 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if you enjoy a really good play with a hint of comedy about sticking to our principles

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical although there is a cute dance scene after the show.

137 Reviews | 32 Followers
Dated, Great acting

See it if you like expertly acted period pieces even if themes are extremely outdated, but relevant to how much one will stick to one's convictions.

Don't see it if you only like contemporary settings and are unable to connect to old-fashioned ideas.

761 Reviews | 167 Followers
Thought-provoking, Surprising, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of the Mint & enjoy the discovery of forgotten plays from the early 20th century, linear, socially-relevant plots

Don't see it if plays from early last century are not your thing, prefer less talky, more action plays, don't enjoy linear plots

686 Reviews | 127 Followers
Holds up incredibly well over time

See it if You want to see play that remains amazing even though it was written in a very long time ago

Don't see it if You don’t have the ability to put your mind back 100 years ago and be able to feel what much simpler times were like Read more

254 Reviews | 86 Followers
Great scott

See it if Mint fan who needs their periodic fix. Great company in a cozy and convenient theater.

Don't see it if Price is a mint at retail. Read more

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
March 1st, 2019

“Baker’s drama is not very good...Under Bank’s sympathetic but listless direction, the show feels both overstuffed and undernourished...At a trim hour and a half the evening leaves little time for the characters to be fleshed out or the actors to truly shine. And while the show brings up tantalizingly thorny issues of faith, hypocrisy, sacrifice, and selfishness, they are like dark clouds hovering above the story without ever breaking into a full-fledged dramatic storm.”
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February 20th, 2019

“The audience's temptation is to project the moral standards of our post-‘Footloose’ world onto Scott...But I'm willing to accept that we're supposed to sit a little longer with the question that Baker poses in her dialogue...Unfortunately, not much of that intellectual or emotional tension remains inside ‘The Price of Thomas Scott’ itself...By the end of this moral back-and-forth, I couldn't help but wish that Hartley had just gone full Kevin Bacon and settled it all on the dance floor."
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March 3rd, 2019

"The finely-acted production is attractively designed for its Edwardian period by Vicki R. Davis and Hunter Kaczorowski, and though the two-act play has been trimmed to an intermission-less ninety minutes, The Mint's traditional style of presenting older works in their original context, barring contemporary interpretations, remains true, making 'The Price of Thomas Scott' a very engaging introduction to a rarely-heard theatrical voice."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 20th, 2019

"A fascinating curio from another time, its revival here yet another feather in the Mint Theater Company's multi-feathered cap...The marvelous actor Donald Corren has wisely decided to play Thomas Scott not as a sour, dyspeptic prig...Corren is far too skillful and intelligent an actor to have fallen into that trap...The only significant flaw in this play: The narrative suffers from the fact that the action is entirely confined to the back parlour of Thomas Scott's shop."
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New York Stage Review
February 20th, 2019

“Relatively subdued in terms of dramatic action, ‘The Price of Thomas Scott’ is a thoughtful, neatly crafted study in personal convictions that is reminiscent of John Galsworthy’s works. Serious students of drama will especially appreciate this quiet yet interesting play...Bank, the Mint’s producing artistic director, gives the drama a well-paced staging that is solidly performed by an eleven-member company.”
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March 1st, 2019

“When is a man completely out of step with his own time and standing in the way of progress? If the Courtneys do not buy his shop they will buy another one down the road, so that he is not keeping them out of the community. It will also make it more difficult for him to sell in the future. It is difficult for a modern audience to side with or care about Thomas Scott, considering when one sees the harm it will do his worried wife and the careers of his children.”
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February 20th, 2019

“By paring the script down to the under two-hour single act format favored by today's audiences, the questions Ms. Baker posed—but intentionally left without a conclusive ending— are likely to kick up questions relevant to the ethical dilemmas faced by these characters' present day counterparts...While the actors all fit their parts well, the men fare best, especially Donald Corren as the titular main character and Mitch Greenberg as Wicksteed.”
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Theatre is Easy
February 22nd, 2019

"It's not a great play, especially compared to other works that the Mint has produced recently, which are often surprisingly relevant to the modern day. This one feels more of its time...Conversations about morality are not exactly the stuff of riveting drama. That said, dance numbers choreographed by Tracy Bearsley liven things up and the production values are high, as one can always expect from the Mint."
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