The Rat Trap
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The Rat Trap
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The Rat Trap NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(90 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
12%
Negative
3%
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Intelligent, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever

A new production of Noel Coward's play.

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1004 Reviews | 412 Followers
91
Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great writing

See it if You like a good period piece. This is dated but in the best way. Lovely costumes and set. Lots of attention to detail. Great acting/script.

Don't see it if You want a lot of action or a musical. This is mostly rich people sitting around talking about rich people problems.

977 Reviews | 342 Followers
74
Patriarchy exposed, Clever, Slow, Repetitive, Strong acting

See it if you like a drama, w/some humor, about married writers. NC saw th women were mistreated by domineering men. Interesting supporting characters

Don't see it if you want even tones. Shifts fr light comedy to melodrama...from Coward to Strindberg. Draggy in parts, repetitive. Unsatisfying ending. Read more

437 Reviews | 66 Followers
60
Very talky, Thought-provoking, Dated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you really have to see every Noel Coward play,

Don't see it if you have a problem with fast talking British accents. Read more

400 Reviews | 56 Followers
75
Repetitive, Relevant, Fine acting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like analysis of 1920's middle class society, sexual roles & marriage problems with fine acting, witty dialog & good characterizations.

Don't see it if you dislike satire, 1925 or so period pieces that may be overly long & focus on some obnoxious characters & criticism of society.

353 Reviews | 89 Followers
77
Great ensemble performances, Amazing writing for coward's age, Great staging, lights, costumes, Surprisingly timely and relevant, Absorbing

See it if You’re up for a surprisingly well-written and modern play by a very young Noël Coward.

Don't see it if You dislike costume dramas or comedies of manner, or have little patience for the endless dialogue and exposition of Act I. Read more

337 Reviews | 72 Followers
78
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if We have seen Coward use some of these themes before in later plays, so if you are a Cowardian, this is a must-see for you.

Don't see it if Mostly, I found the heavy accents indecipherable at points, which ate away at my total enjoyment of the play.

317 Reviews | 28 Followers
77
Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Intelligent, Dated

See it if you want to see play about relationships and marriage by a young Noel Coward.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy dated plays and want to see more modern theatre.

279 Reviews | 30 Followers
70
Confusing, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You’re a big Coward fan

Don't see it if You need a lot of action Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
November 24th, 2022

"This is not much of a spoiler considering that the play is called 'The Rat Trap,' the title revealing a gloomy — cynical souls might say realistic — view of marriage as terribly wrong for one party, possibly even both."
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Theatermania
November 21st, 2022

"That's what The 'Rat Trap' is destined to remain: It's not in the same tier as Coward's better plays, but it is by no means a disaster."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 23rd, 2022

The Rat Trap is unmissable to anyone with an interest in Coward but, thanks to some hilarious dialogue and many penetrating insights, it is more than a theatrical curio. It extends the Mint's remarkable winning streak in unearthing forgotten, yet eminently stage-worthy, plays. Indeed, it is a sterling example of why this company remains an essential part of New York's theatre scene, extending our understanding of theatre history while providing audiences with literate, sophisticated entertainment.
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Talkin' Broadway
November 21st, 2022

"The excellent Mint staging of The Rat Trap, smooths over the inconsistent quality of the writing and accents the play's considerable strengths."
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TheaterScene.net
November 23rd, 2022

Noel Coward’s "The Rat Trap" is not only entertaining but seems to have been ahead of its time. Discounted by critics and the author alike when it had its only production until now in 1926, the play turns out to be a cogent exploration of a creative woman’s search for her place in society, one which has no niche for her talents once she is a married woman. The Mint Theater Company does the play justice, restoring its reputation as an Edwardian period piece on the topic of the New Woman who is also a gifted artist.
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Front Row Center
November 21st, 2022

"As an evening of entertainment, the Mint Theater Company, aided by an excellent cast, once again demonstrates its skill in polishing a period piece to the brightest shine that the material will allow."
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November 21st, 2022

If you’re looking for the kind of snappily witty, airily stylish atmosphere of plays like Coward’s Private Lives or Blithe Spirit, you won’t find it here. Yet, for all its lack of superlative acting, its dull scenery, and its structural obviousness, the pulse of a coming dramatist beats loud and clear in several scenes. The promise shining through that second act spat alone is nearly enough to make a visit to The Rat Trap worth the effort.
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