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Days to Come
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Days to Come NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(99 Reviews)
Positive
74%
Mixed
21%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Dated, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

About the Show

The Mint Theater Company presents Lillian Hellman’s second play, a family drama set against the backdrop of labor strife in a small Ohio town which threatens to tear apart both town and family. 

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Member Reviews (99)

70
Unfocused, Talky, Great set!, Exploration of small town strike, Thought-provoking

See it if you like examining issues fr diff angles (the strike: corp boss, factry workers, union organizer, scabs). Although somewhat clunky, DTC...

Don't see it if has moments of insight. It dwells heavily on romance; needs signif cuts. Mostly well-acted. Never gels, but some strengths . Polished prodn.

64
Dated, Banal, Excruciating, Slow, Overrated

See it if If you like Lillian Hellman. Not like Children's Hour or Little Foxes. It's slow, great set. Some good acting.

Don't see it if If you want fast paced story. To many character actors, slow and ending g was horrible.

Critic Reviews (32)

August 26th, 2018

"Hellman’s sprawling, centerless play...It’s a mishmash of acting styles in a tonally uneven production that rarely wipes the dust of decades from the text. It’s an overloaded play but there is more life in it than the Mint staging finds...'Days to Come' feels like she couldn’t decide whether she was writing a play or a film. Opened up on the screen, it might have blossomed. Onstage in this revival, it simply wilts."
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September 6th, 2018

“’Days to Come’ is not without flaw...Hellman wasn’t yet able to smoothly entwine the disparate strands of her plot, and on occasion she indulges in the preachiness that forever after was to be her besetting sin. Nevertheless, it is as dramatically potent as any of her hits, and the Mint’s production, directed with self-effacing sureness by J.R. Sullivan, is so strong as to paper over the author’s occasional missteps. The cast couldn’t be better.”
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August 26th, 2018

"Well-staged and smartly acted, it still leaves us underwhelmed by a script that bites off more than it can chew...Hellman thrillingly eschews simplistic agitprop, fully humanizing her characters...But it's Hellman's expansive scope that is also the play's undoing: Not only does it dilute focus, but the linguistic labor and dramatic contrivance...ensures a long and often painfully dull process...Neither as funny or tragic as it has the potential to be."
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August 27th, 2018

"Very fine production...Most of the women are peripheral to the story...But there is much focus, though not a sufficient amount of depth, devoted to Andrew's wife, Julie...Alternating between family drama and Depression-era labor issues, 'Days to Come' serves neither satisfactorily, but it's still a worthy venture for the Mint, and an intriguing curiosity for audiences."
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August 27th, 2018

"If it runs aground, it is, nevertheless, a fascinating work...Just when events come to a head, the playwright goes off on an unaccustomed talking jag, convening several characters for an extended postmortem that drains much of the evening's excitement...Until this point, J. R. Sullivan's production maintains a steadily mounting tension, aided by a solid, and sometimes inspired, cast...Even though it disappoints, for anyone with a serious interest in Hellman, 'Days to Come' is a must."
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August 26th, 2018

"This is no unearthed treasure...'Days to Come' spends comparatively little time dealing with the plight of the striking workers and, instead, devolves for much of its length into a poorly written domestic drama...Probably due to both the flawed writing and a lack of strong guidance from Sullivan, the Mint production is inconsistently well acted...If 'Days to Come' has turned out to be a disappointment, the production design is up to the Mint's excellent standard."
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August 26th, 2018

"Definitely a disappointing head-scratcher. And the Mint Theater Company’s current production doesn’t make a convincing case for its resurrection. The biggest problem, apologies to Ms. Hellman, is simply the play itself, which, even almost 100 years on, is in the midst a major identity crisis...Using the strike as a backdrop is a fine, if curious, choice—as long as something in the foreground is compelling and eye-catching. And none of these characters are."
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August 27th, 2018

"In part due to Hellman's inexperience as a writer (it was only her second play) and J.R. Sullivan's initially sluggish direction, the production really doesn't come fully alive until after intermission, largely because the first act is so heavy on exposition as it introduces both its vast cast of characters and numerous plot strands. But the second act makes up for it, with plenty of crackling dialogue and surprising twists to keep the audience fully engaged."
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August 29th, 2018

"In summary, Hellman's overheated drama sounds like a Clifford Odets play but where his plays are tightly constructed, this one is all over the place with each character offering a new plot line. It is not so much that the play is unfocused but that there are too many stories, the error of novice playwrights who think they have to get everything in the first time around. While Hellman…spent eight months on the writing, the play still seems to have a great deal of undigested material."
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August 31st, 2018

"What is most impressive is the extensive research that Hellman devoted to this play...The first act goes quickly, serving as a great setup for an exploration of class differences...The resulting action in the second act is more farfetched; Hellman seems to veer away from all that research. Though the drama and scandal ramps up, act two is longer and more of a slog to sit through...Still, 'Days to Come' is worth seeing, especially since it's unlikely that this play will come around again."
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August 26th, 2018

"The play is filled with social and political significance that might have had more impact and make more of a statement in the current climate. However, it spends too much time on the intricacies of the family and too little time on the plight of the working class...Sullivan does a brilliant job directing, but even he can’t undo the long-winded repetitive conversations, and many times slow moving rhetoric...of a very poorly written play with some good and not so good performances."
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August 26th, 2018

"This is neither Hellman's or the Mint's best ever production. It's nevertheless intriguing to see some of her best future characters in embryo...The play failed because she tried to do too much. And that hasn't changed in this revival. Director J. R. Sullivan works hard, but not often enough successfully so, to weave all these plot strands together and help the actors clarify what makes them tick."
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August 27th, 2018

“In this earnest production, director Sullivan and his large cast breathe new life into a depression era tale of unrequited love amid theories of economics. Boasting top notch production values and veteran actors, it is highly watchable, if not highly relatable...Getting an 82-year-old play to resonate is a tough trick and, here, the melodramatic turns and existential crises of the night ultimately keep us at a distance.”
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August 27th, 2018

"The Mint’s production, directed by J.R. Sullivan, presents a sharp and smart little play—originally under-esteemed but, unfortunately, no long-dormant masterwork...The cast is uneven. On the plus side, Brookshire’s Julie has a kind of glamor that brings to mind Gene Tierney...It’s hard to care deeply about any of the Rodman lot except for chic adulteress Julie."
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August 27th, 2018

"The plot points and traffic feel strongly crafted and intricately created, although the focus shifts numerous times and in many directions, with a great number of characters that add little to the movement forward...The production fails to find the rise and fall within each scene, losing the rhythm that was fairly well constructed within the writing...The actors all do their best, delivering well spoken lines in an intricate war, but the passion and purpose evades the director."
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August 26th, 2018

"Beneath the surface of this unremarkable plot is the more dynamic storyline driven by Hellman’s complex characters and their authentic, relevant conflicts...The important themes of Lillian Hellman’s play and the rich, enduring questions it raises are unfortunately overshadowed by the production. Overall, the performances are weak, and the direction seems uneven...That battle of the Titans gets lost in the Mint Theater production of her play and falls flat."
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August 26th, 2018

"The Mint Theater revival, with the company’s usual fine acting and first-rate production values, doesn’t make a convincing case that the initial audience was shortsighted, nor that the play was somehow before its time...Some have argued that Hellman’s divided focus in 'Days to Come' is meant to show us the connection between private morality and public policy. This sounds right to me. Indeed, for all its structural flaws, the play is replete with issues that still resonate."
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August 27th, 2018

"Mingles multiple subjects in a somber and garrulous plot that, because of a lack of compression and synthesis, has more themes that it can comfortably contain…For all its Depression-era relevance,…it became mired in a melodramatic mélange of adultery, family strife, labor problems, murder, hoodlum rivalry, and legal chicanery...Splattered with awkward blocking and dull, conventional acting, not a single performance digging deeply enough to strike more than a one-dimensional note."
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August 27th, 2018

"When' Days to Come' debuted, Hellman was criticized for not taking sides in her many-sided set-up. But the playwright landing neither here nor there is an enormous plus: she takes all sides with sympathy. 'Days to Come' is not perfect...Fortunately, J.R. Sullivan directs with exquisite precision. There seems to be nothing he hasn’t guided the cast to do...This revival is so accomplished that I hope Bank does what he often does — revives a few more of the playwright’s works."
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August 26th, 2018

"With eleven characters competing for our attention, there is little opportunity for any of them to strike more than one note. There is more speechifying than conversation...The level of the acting is not up to the Mint’s usual standard...J.R. Sullivan’s direction does not pull things together. It was far from a successful evening, but it was interesting to see the state of Hellman’s craft just before she wrote her great family drama 'The Little Foxes.'"
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August 27th, 2018

"The Mint Theater’s revival of 'Days to Come' is to be appreciated more as a curiosity in view of Hellman’s fame and accomplishments than a successful work...The flaws as well as the strengths show in the faithful, generally well-acted Mint production...There are too many dramatic contrivances for this to be a play anywhere nearly as good as top-level Hellman. Still, her effort to shine a spotlight on problems of her era and people caught in the conflicts was worthy."
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August 27th, 2018

“This Hellman play has multiple issues, innate and current...While Hellman’s attempts at fairly depicting sociological deadlock are worthy, she seems to understand neither faction sufficiently for good drama. Too many tangential stories peek in and withdraw. It doesn’t help that Sullivan offers jerky and/or turgid transitions. Nothing on stage comes alive for more than minutes at a time...I support The Mint’s mission, but not this production.”
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August 28th, 2018

“Although the company has an admirable record of rediscovering gems, this stiff deserves to remain buried. Nor is the production up to the Mint’s typical standard...The writing is curiously lacking in spots...Directed somewhat stiffly by J.R. Sullivan...The acting is also uneven. Constrained by the underwritten quality of their characters, Bull and especially Brookshire at times look like sleepwalkers."
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August 28th, 2018

"Freely flowing across categories and genres, watching this finely-acted production under the direction of J.R. Sullivan, it is not hard to see why audiences may have been confused by 'Days to Come' in 1936. The play, which vacillates between melodramatic, realistic, and hard-boiled qualities, ambitiously—and quite successfully—captures both the local and global scene of its conflict...Exciting and refreshing, a play easily cast as a period piece is most surprising for how it is not.”
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August 31st, 2018

“Sullivan has directed a superb ensemble of actors who do all they can for Hellman’s play. But the uneven quality of the script gives some cast members an appreciable advantage over others...Too many subplots and insufficient narrative focus...But the Mint revival demonstrates that, even in this minor work, Hellman exercised a gift for compelling dialogue and a prophetic vision of how uncivilized Western civilization can be.”
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September 10th, 2018

"The Mint production of Lillian Hellman's 'Days to Come' is a smart, relevant play burdened with plotlines that are its undoing...Directed by J. R. Sullivan and played by an able cast of eleven, 'Days to Come' tells a riveting story in a stop-and-go way, much of the 'go' in Act Two...The characters all seem to stand for something but are scantily sketched, just providing impressions...'Days to Come' is best viewed as a period piece."
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August 27th, 2018

“This is not a revival—it’s an exhumation. It wasn’t merely asleep waiting for an awakening kiss. It was dead and not rescuable...A game cast do what they can to breathe life into these characters who represent viewpoints rather than insights or feelings...But even a game cast cannot engage us successfully enough. And much as we respect the Mint...I think this one will be of interest only to those who were curious to see what a fine writer does when she is off the mark.”
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August 31st, 2018

"I usually think of Hellman's work as tightly plotted and smoothly structured; 'Days to Come' is neither...While the plot focuses on how a strike at a brush-making firm affects the small town where it occurs, the show also has a lot to say about relationships, money, family secrets, how to live a worthwhile life...The result is somehow both too flabby and too thin, but still compelling. Hellman's point of view is not simple, and it is that complexity that makes the play worthwhile."
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September 4th, 2018

“Hellman’s point doesn’t come across, either in the text of the play or in this current performance. J.R. Sullivan’s direction is colorless and bland. Some of that sense may, however, come from the writing. It’s hard to know where to focus one’s attention. Therefore, I can’t comment specifically on any one performance...As is usual with Mint productions, design values are excellent...Feiner’s set is beautiful, but I quibble that perhaps it is too elegant.”
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August 26th, 2018

"A high quality Off-Broadway revival...The play contains strong social themes that were powerful to the time period in which it was written, and relevant to our present day political climate...This production, directed by J. R. Sullivan, keeps the audience actively engaged, while successfully portraying Ms. Hellman’s compelling theme...The cast fully embodies the style and pace of the time period...They play off one another very well, allowing Lillian Hellman’s dialogue to flow naturally."
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August 27th, 2018

"Hellman writes the plot and scenes very concisely, with intriguing plot twists...But in the play, Hellman tried to do too much. The drama introduces the many, many issues, but there is just too much there for her to successfully examine, and for the audience to absorb...The drama simply has no real center or heart, and, ultimately, is not particularly satisfying or captivating...The cast is flawless, admirably performing their scripted roles."
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August 26th, 2018

"The well-acted production...smoothly directed by J.R. Sullivan...proves a fascinating family drama set in a time of economic hardship and labor unrest. This 'Days To Come'...makes a compelling case for the play’s continued relevance...Hellman doesn’t ridicule her characters for their concern with the everyday over sweeping historical trends...The great success of this crisp production is the sympathy it engenders for its somewhat hapless characters."
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