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Women Without Men

From 73 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

About the show

Mint Theater Company presents an exploration of conflicts and competitions that erupt amongst the cloistered teaching staff of an all-girls boarding school in the American premiere of this 77-year-old play. More…

Jean Wade is an enthusiastic young teacher new to an all-girls boarding school, where she soon finds herself popular with the students and at odds with her quarrelsome colleagues--especially the antagonistic Miss Connor. When Miss Connor's life's work (a history of "beautiful acts" through the ages) is found torn to shreds, Jean is the most likely suspect. As evidence mounts against her, Jean must choose whether she will fight, or surrender to the school's toxic environment.


Member Reviews (73)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever
81
Avg Score

43
Dated, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You want to take a nap. The last 3 minutes of the first act were interesting. That should tell you a lot.

Don't see it if Just don't.

91
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy discovering little known plays that have relevance today, appreciate exquisite staging with distinct characters who charm & anger

Don't see it if you don't like plays that time to build plot and character, don't appreciate all-female casts and creative teams, see no value in old plays

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Women and work

See it if Always count on the Mint Theater for strong revivals of old shows. This play shows how far women have come and how much stays the same.

Don't see it if Show about a group of women teaching at a Dublin girls' school in early 20 century Ireland. If it sounds interesting, you will enjoy it.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Dated

See it if You'd enjoy a well-written, superbly-acted period piece set in an all girls Irish boarding school. Reminds me of a Mauve Binchy novel.

Don't see it if You'd be disturbed by a group of women, who spend a good deal of time complaining and arguing, but ultimately agree to keep a secret.

61
Dated, Real housewives of ireland (if bravo existed in the 1930's)

See it if If a group of 1930's Irish women being mildly bitchy and back-stabby for 2 hours would constitute a quality theater experience for you..

Don't see it if You are looking for big plot points or enjoy being educated, moved or entertained during the 2 hrs you commit to sitting through this show.

71
Disturbing, Relevant, "shero"less

See it if You are up for a hard dose of how women can use gender as a weapon against each other

Don't see it if You need hope in narrative

Also This is a fine piece of drama but it drove me crazy. The plot revolves... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you like thoughtful, masterful dramatic plays full of strong characters

Don't see it if an all female cast does not sound appealing to you, if you like quickly developing stories

68
Overrated, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like old fashioned, well made plays (so called).

Don't see it if Unfortunately, largely boring. and the new theater is lousy. Don't buy the cheap tkts. The sight lines are dreadful.

76
Enchanting, Perceptive, Minor, Skillful, Refreshing

See it if you appreciate craft in every element of a play and production. It's a largely forgotten work of the kind of women who tend to be forgotten.

Don't see it if you want to be bowled over by the newest and the nowest. Its pleasures are delicate and minor but real and sturdy.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Wonderful entertaining

Don't see it if no reason

85
Great writing, directing and acting

See it if You enjoy a well-written play with all women. The claustrophobic world of Irish women teachers beautifully displayed in this mint Mint show.

Don't see it if Hearing accents all over the place bothers you. Greatest fault was the Irish accents which were very inconsistent. A dialect coach please.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if a revival that's, unfortunately, always relevant; a group of quarreling, competitive, petty colleagues. Well written, excellent acting.

Don't see it if if you don't like period pieces.

73
Catty, Absorbing, Dated, Slow

See it if you're looking for a well-acted period piece with a gorgeous set

Don't see it if you don't enjoy watching people snipe at each other or are looking for deep characters. The characterizations were believable but 2D

80
Clever, Dated

See it if you enjoy classic style plays, like those of Lillian Hellman. Also, if you enjoyed the genius cattiness of the original film of "The Women"

Don't see it if you like a happy and neat resolve by the end. Also if you like fast paced action. Or difficult to solve mysteries with a big reveal.

55
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like old Irish plays, with old fashioned costumes and crappy Irish accents. If you like naturalism and a slow plot.

Don't see it if you want a fast paced show, with accurate accents, and if you want to be on the edge of your seat and constantly entertained.

79
Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Needed editing

See it if Well worth seeing, too long, excellent ensemble acting, fine direction, needed editing.

Don't see it if you don't like old fashioned well made plsys

70
Tense, Great acting, Unpleasant, Complicated, Female-centric

See it if you're interested in a female playwright's complicated view of female relationships. It's not clearly feminist but is thought-provoking.

Don't see it if a play about unpleasant characters will make you uncomfortable. You are stuck in the characters' tense, irrational world of petty meanness.

85
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny

See it if Love to see women playwrights and an all female superb cast. Like period plays or have liked anything the Mint has produced in the past.

Don't see it if You want to see a man on stage - don't like 'bickering' or like to see what probably goes on in every workplace where there are many women.

78
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Dated, Slow

See it if You want to see a play that is exquisitely written and has a handful of fine performances

Don't see it if You need to see something that holds your attention and keeps you in suspense. Or if terrible wigs are distracting

75
Slow, Good acting, Tedious, Charming, Pleasant

See it if you like quaint period pieces set in Ireland. A mix between Mona Lisa Smiles and Anne of Green Gables. Great acting from senior cast members

Don't see it if you will be bothered by inconsistent accents and tedious and boring subject matter. First act is really slow but picks up after intermission

70
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You're looking for good ensemble acting and a look at a period of history of spinster school marms who vent their frustrations on each other

Don't see it if Looking for light and upbeat. A bit dated and a grim look at women who don't have men

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if this was an absorbing play-wasn't bored for a moment

Don't see it if trouble understanding accents

40
Sleep-inducing

See it if you like to fall asleep in theatres, like to watch other people fall asleep in theatres, like bad accents and/or insipid plotlines.

Don't see it if you have the option to see a show that you might stay awake in.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy comedies, period pieces, good acting, or all female casts.

Don't see it if you would prefer a more contemporary play.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you have an interest in forgotten plays of the early 20th Century. This one is a gem and deserves this excellent, beautifully acted revival.

Don't see it if you only like cutting edge, contemporary dramas, or think old black and white movies are boring and fake.


February 25th, 2016
"This 1938 play, which the Mint has resurrected under Jenn Thompson’s direction, is a mostly sturdy and occasionally creaky construction about the perils of a circumscribed life...Ellis, an Irish playwright, is expert in depicting the minutiae of relations among the women, the use of pet names wi...
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March 1st, 2016
"Overbey and Walton put their hearts into this juicy contretemps. But there’s absolutely no grandstanding in director Jenn Thompson’s beautifully composed ensemble piece. Individually, the performances are distinctive, but the collective work of the company is even more impressive. Ellis’ voice i...
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March 2nd, 2016
"An exemplary ensemble plays out Ellis' sharp and clever dialogue without the benefit of a modern eye. The reality that this imperfect situation was often the only alternative to marriage adds a dark texture to highly-polished proceedings. As is often the case with Mint discoveries, 'Women Withou...
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February 25th, 2016
“A sharply observant comedy-drama filled with crackling ironies, a craftily worked-out mystery, and an astringently unsentimental point of view...Ellis was gifted with a remarkably mature vision, allowing her to capture her characters in all their pettiness while deftly, unsentimentally laying ba...
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