Mint Theater Company presents a program of short plays adapted from stories by two of the world’s greatest authors, Anton Chekhov and Leo Tolstoy. More…
From the show:
These dramatic adaptations come from one of our favorite playwrights, Miles Malleson, author of Mint productions, Conflict and Yours Unfaithfully, both New York Times Critic’s Picks.
Mint’s production will be the first-ever pairing of Malleson’s Russian gems, co-directed by Mint Artistic Director Jonathan Bank and his longtime collaborator, Jane Shaw. Jane has designed sound, and composed and arranged music for thirty Mint productions; she will be making her directorial debut at the Mint.
See it if Malleson's adapt of two short stories by these iconic writers is only moderately successful enhanced by some solid acting & Shaw's staging
Don't see it if While capturing the tone of both authors fairly well (esp Tolstoy), Malleson is unable to translate this into an interesting dramatic format
See it if The Mint is always a winner. Nice view of the two greatest Russian writers. The male lead replacement in (Henry Clarke) was very good.
Don't see it if The Mint has a history of great sets but something is missing here.
See it if you enjoy Mint discoveries, fan of Chekhov, Tolstoy & Russian drama, want to see unusual studies about love, enjoy a bill of 2 one-acts
Don't see it if can't patiently endure a slow, excruciating curtain raiser to wait for a really good play, expect traditional love stories
See it if A landscape painter defends role in society before planting a kiss & a stranger w/ transformative powers answers 3 questions.Sung interlude.
Don't see it if "I have lost touch with decent people/Of course my life is tedious/I'm an artist/You are as lazy and idle as I am/Learn what dwells in man"
See it if You want to see 2 plays adapted from Chekhov & Tolstoy short stories that show glimmers of larger, more well-known works. You want...
Don't see it if an almost (1 glaring exception) solid, classically trained cast. Don't see if you want 2 equally well-done adaptations. The Chekhov play...
See it if 2 short plays based on short stories; somewhat in conversation with each other (read the playbill - Chekhov satirizing Tolstoy's approaches
Don't see it if expect much from Malleson ("Conflict") who adapted the stories, Bank who directs one, want excellent acting all around, want the Mint's*
See it if You want to support The Mint which. usually does fine productions.
Don't see it if You want an interesting plot or you want good acting. Actors barely project. Two different short plays both of which should remain unknown.
See it if you admire the courageous writing of these great early 20th Century pre-Revolution Russian authors, interested in comparing/contrasting them
Don't see it if you’re not intererested in early 20th Century Russian economic class:humanist vs. spiritual tensions, prefer shorter/two act plays, orcomedy
See it if You like weird old plays. You like kind of pervy guys getting with young women and angels doing weird things.
Don't see it if You'd rather see something contemporary.
See it if you'll enjoy 2 1 act plays based on Russian short stories as adapted by an Englishman around the time of WW 1 w/ pedestrian acting.
Don't see it if you'll dislike 2d play,based on a Tolstoy short story,because it's a straightforward Christian fable.The 1st act seems more modern in tone
Also The night I saw it, Henry Clarke substituted for Alexander Sokovikov.
See it if You're up for a flat Chekhov and an emotionally interesting Tolstoy, both generally well-acted but visually odd coming from The Mint.
Don't see it if You've no patience or expect literal Love Stories—political discourse and allegory rule here, clothed in flesh and sprit, respectively.
See it if you like to see everything the usually wonderful Mint Theater does - and especially if you are interested in anything by these 2 writers.
Don't see it if you are expecting the usual level of this company; this one is a rare misstep. Unfocused; not dramatically viable.
See it if As a big fan of Mint Productions I was disappointed with this one. Not up to their usual high standards including the set design and acting
Don't see it if You prefer a faster paced play and expect the usual standard of Excellence usually provided by a mint production.
See it if You're curious about lesser know pieces by these authors. Philosophical elegant writing.
Don't see it if Very slow and uneventful. Not a lot of depth or plot.
See it if into getting immersed in the pace of time gone by, wonderfully acted. What others here call dated felt soothgingly nostalgic to me.
Don't see it if cautious - these are not as satisfying as better known works by these authors.
See it if You enjoy philosophical and faith heavy plays, with two master storytellers' short stories adapted to short plays.
Don't see it if You prefer musicals or plays with lighter topics than man's state of being in the world and what he needs to live by: thinking and love.
See it if you love the feel of Chekhov plays
Don't see it if you can't take slow-moving pieces/performances or were expecting a lot of romance (love in the title can mean many different things)
See it if you want to read the interesting program notes about Tolstoy/Chekhov friendship...better than the actual show which is slow, dated, boring.
Don't see it if Eww lonely 40yr old kisses naieve 16yr old. Yeah, thats the way it was but ickkk. Sloooooow direction. Uneven cast. Why was this show done?
See it if You like short plays which have simple story lines which are easy to follow.
Don't see it if If you would rather see something more extravagant with a story line that challenges your mind and imagination.
See it if you have to see everything, you're into absurdist theater, you love backdrops (loved the backdrop and that's about it)
Don't see it if you want the story to mean anything or you like to be transported into a world