Yours Unfaithfully
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Yours Unfaithfully
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Yours Unfaithfully NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(72 Reviews)
Positive
83%
Mixed
15%
Negative
2%
Members say
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant

About the Show

Mint Theater Company presents the very belated world premiere of Miles Malleson's 1933 "un-romantic comedy" about life in an open marriage, and the price of free love.

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Member Reviews (72)

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677 Reviews | 152 Followers
82
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy rarely seen plays from early-mid 20th century, curious about how older play would cover "open marriage," like intimate setting

Don't see it if older plays are not your cup of tea, you don't like thoughtful comedies or plays in which women learn to express themselves

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Interested in the topic of jealousy and romantic love. It reminded me of a Wallace Shawn play -- lots of conversation about a topic.

Don't see it if Topic not for children. And they would find it baffling and boring anyway! Read more

469 Reviews | 257 Followers
30
Good play, bad production, Banal, Lightweight acting, Slow pacing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a play that was never produced.

Don't see it if you want to see a well acted and directed play. This is just the opposite. Play feels very long. Acting is amateurish. Read more

Nic
386 Reviews | 84 Followers
79
Great staging, Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you'd enjoy an interesting premise - the search for happiness in open infidelity - examining the disconnect between our logic & emotions.

Don't see it if you'd be dissatisfied with a predictable destination for a journey that's not as satisfying in its trajectory as it could have been.

385 Reviews | 72 Followers
80
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy Mint Theater productions. Always well done-great sets-interesting forgotten plays. Max Von Essen a treasure. Wonderful twist end.

Don't see it if You want today's language. If you want plays about kids on the edges of society this week s not that. Read more

265 Reviews | 52 Followers
90
Gorgeous, Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy period pieces that are beautifully acted, written and staged.

Don't see it if You don't like plays dealing with adultery or you only like shows based in the modern day.

Al
127 Reviews | 887 Followers
75
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the pros and cons of an open marriage.

Don't see it if you want a play with a lot of energy. This one is mostly people involved in an open marriage calmly discussing their feelings.

227 Reviews | 33 Followers
85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like good dialogue about relationships. Loved costumes and acting. Relationships are fascinating. Open marriages are not easy.

Don't see it if You don't like British humor or privileged society.

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
January 26th, 2017

"A refined, rueful and often shrewd comedy about polyamory, written decades before open relationships were quite so openly discussed...Under the polished direction of Bank, its arguments remain provocative, while its structure feels familiar, its tone decorous...It is often very funny; it is also very nearly a tragedy...What is extraordinary about Malleson is his ability to create characters who are capable of feeling several things at once, or who don’t really know what they’re feeling at all."
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Time Out New York
January 26th, 2017

"Malleson’s bio suggests a life story considerably more colorful than the tidy marital drama that unfolds onstage...The script offers a scrupulous examination of two warring impulses: the urge to explore versus the instinct to nurture and protect. Happily, we’re spared the wink-wink prompts of farce, though Malleson does allude to an extremely vulgar adage of the day, sanitized here as 'Fresh kiss, fresh courage.' If only he had applied that tenet to his rather dry disquisition."
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Theatermania
January 26th, 2017

"Max von Essen and Elisabeth Gray do an admirable job portraying the seesaw emotions of the convention-bending pair, but Malleson's uneven script makes us wait until the final act for a dramatic payoff...The earnest plot, unfortunately, begs for a more comedic treatment. Director Jonathan Bank squeezes in a few chuckles now and then, but this is far from the smart comedy it could have been...Still, 'Yours Unfaithfully' offers keen insights into the destructiveness of jealousy."
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BroadwayWorld
January 31st, 2017

“A gracefully done world premiere. Elisabeth Gray is elegantly alluring as Anne…Jonathan Bank's direction leans towards the darker side of Anne and Stephen's marital issues. There's a good deal of humor and wit throughout the evening, for sure, but Bank seems to be downplaying frivolity in favor of the emotions that may have inspired Malleson to write the play…This isn't a flaw, but rather an interesting turn in a finely acted production of an intriguing play."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 27th, 2017

"I won't say that 'Yours Unfaithfully' is the most consequential work that the Mint has unearthed from its vault of lost works—it is little too earnest, perhaps, its ironies a little too carefully polished—but there are many compensations in the author's unfailing elegance of expression…Under the super-smooth direction of Jonathan Bank, a quintet of actors, all equipped with a fine grasp of period style, make the most of Malleson's astringent portrait of an open marriage."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 26th, 2017

"Beautifully well written, thoughtful, intelligent play...The play is bracingly modern in its content and focus...The absence of full-on Brit accents was a disappointment to this audience member. Otherwise, this production is eminently satisfying in terms of Jonathan Bank's direction...All of the casting and performances are spot-on with the exception of Schnetzer, who seems a little too young, too easygoing, and yes, way too American."
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TheaterScene.net
January 28th, 2017

"One problem is that the play (unlike Noel Coward's 'Design for Living' or Somerset Maugham's 'The Constant Wife' which cover similar territory) is neither witty not clever, and none of the lines are particularly sparkling or original. While the play may delineate liberated sexual behavior, its drawing room comedy format is too conventional and refined. All five performers always seem to be acting as their style is too arch to be truly believable."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 27th, 2017

"I never thought that a previously unproduced play written the year I was born by someone whose name I’d never heard would still be so emotionally and intellectually riveting and relevant four score and four years later, but Miles Malleson’s 'Yours Unfaithfully' easily accomplishes that feat and more…It is a truthful, funny and touching play–a complex play about complex characters with great opposing facial and body language under Jonathan Bank’s subtle but clear direction."
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