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Days to Come

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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.  More…

Andrew Rodman is running the family business and failing at it. The workers are out on strike and things are getting desperate. Rodman brings in strikebreakers, naively failing to anticipate the disastrous impact that this will have on his family and their place in the community where they have lived for generations.

Member Reviews (99)


Great acting, Absorbing, Dated, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
Avg Score

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.

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.

Disappointing, Dated, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Early Hellman, well acted w/ a solid (but stiff) staging struggles to find its tone. Wildly melodramatic despite serious political themes

Don't see it if Often plodding in both writing & staging While Hellman's plotlines are all akimbo, her strong moral certitude & vigor are firmly in place

Clever, Great staging, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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Also The Mint at West 43rd had hte best sets of any theater company. After ... Read more Read less

Resonant, Slow, Dated, Great staging, Traditional structure

See it if classic well made plays are your thing this is for you. Characters responses create a plot combining political & social observations.

Don't see it if you prefer experimental structure or something fluffy. There is an over the top comic character but the actress fails to play her full out.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if Hellman gets polemic in the Mint revival of labour strife. Drawing room drama unfolds with great set. Seldom-seen Lillian.

Don't see it if Both playwright and The Mint have proffered better.

Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Slow

See it if About Labor and strike. Factory plant owner and workers not meeting a deal. Changing Friendships.

Don't see it if You looking for a musical, fast paced.

Also This is during a the early days of Unions and how companies hired peop... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a well balanced representation of the conflict between Labor and Management. Excellent writing and acting.

Don't see it if you expect a play favoring the Labor movement. This play is sympathetic to both side's views and the characters are realistically played.

Also I can see why some of Ms Hellman's fans were disappointed in this play... Read more Read less

Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Great acting, Perfect set

See it if You are a huge Hellmann fan and have not seen this play. You enjoy plays about the have and the have nots when they clash over social issues

Don't see it if You have no patience with plays that move very slowly and in which the climax is less than thrilling. This is an early play of Ms. Hellmann’

Also and only hints at the powerhouse significant playwright she will becom... Read more Read less

Early lillian hellman and it shows.

See it if You are a Lillian Hellman fan and appreciate the early attempt at an interesting subject/play.

Don't see it if You want a well written play.

Creaky joints, Hellmanesque, Great acting & staging, Very period, Worth seeing

See it if fan of period pieces, Mint Theatre & Lillian Hellman, talented character actors dive into 1930s drama, what can be done with a former flop

Don't see it if need musical 2 brighten your day, despise Lillian Hellman like many do, don't want 2 be confronted with political issues, would rather sleep

Great acting, Classic lillian hellman, Historically accurate set and costumes, Plot cranks along at a leisurely pace

See it if Even handed treatment of townspeople: factory owners, workers, service people, and union organizer. Strike breakers not so much.

Don't see it if You don’t like depression era issues of wealth/poverty, labor/strike, economic, friendship & personal problems with ambiguous resolution.

Banal, Cliched, Great set, Disappointing, Awkward acting

See it if you like period pieces.I love Hellman, but this play is dull.Plot is predictable.Acting is bland.Play drags.

Don't see it if you were looking for an interesting show about labor relations, class warfare, etc.This had the potential for that but didn't get there.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Relevant, Slow first act

See it if You like depression era plays, The Little Foxes, Hellman in general. Labor issues in a family biz. Lovely sets, delineating action.

Don't see it if Any of the above fails to entice. It is slow and talky. Extremely uneven acting.

Also I kept thinking of Little Foxes (the film version). The factory owner ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Banal, Uneven, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of Lillian Hellman and The Mint productions. Until now I liked every Mint show I saw.

Don't see it if unrealistic characters, stilted dialogue and silly plots drive you crazy.

Well-staged, Great acting, Sometimes jumbled and unfocused writing, Thoughtfully-done, Hellman fans will get a great peek into the playwright's early career

See it if a seldom-performed Hellman play exposing a budding playwright finding her footing in American Drama appeals to you; a fan of Hellman's work.

Don't see it if seeking new, edgy works that are tightly-written & focused; disinterested in themes of union strikes, scabs, affairs, and spoiled Americans.

Also While Mint Theater Company works are usually early British plays, I en... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if Classic Hellman with an excellent cast. An exploration of a family in crisis in conjunction with a small town labor strike.

Don't see it if Do not see if you perfer a fast moving modern play or a musical.

Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to see a play about a family in Ohio and what happens when there is a labor strike in the company they own and how all are affected

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about this family and strike breaking.

Also The staging and costumes were amazing. This play was very interesting ... Read more Read less

Interesting, Relevant, Disappointing, Unfulfilled potential, Poor directing

See it if you are interested in labor, business, family & class conflict and individuals attempting to find happiness but failing to do so.

Don't see it if dislike realistic plays that just miss being realistic, some stereotyped characters, "stilted" dialog, uneven acting and poor direction.

Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays with positives and negatives of both sides in a small industrial town in the 1930s when a factory was yet to be unionized.

Don't see it if You want a play with a definite preference for one side or the other. Herman shows us good and bad of both factory owners and workers.

Also Reading the Playbill gave me some excellent background that increased ... Read more Read less

An effective soporific, Boring, Slow, Dated, Lovely set design

See it if If you are a devotee of Hellman or women writers, this MAY be of interest. I saw nothing of note here, and frankly fell asleep/left at 1/2.

Don't see it if If you don't care about vintage shows even if they are written by notable playwrights.

Ambitious, Slow, Interesting topic, Some fine moments

See it if you have an interest in societal and labor/management conflicts during the Depression or you're a Hellman completist.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for talky plays. This one has too many plot lines, too many characters (some blatant stereotypes).

Also And yet, it held my interest. There are some well-written and well-per... Read more Read less

Recommended / very entertaining, Well-directed (except for 'fight-scenes'), Great classic costuming / clever & creative set, Funny / dramatic / strong performances, Interesting book / gripping & riveting @ times

See it if you'd enjoy a management VS workers strike & union-themed play. Well-written & performed. Doesn't really take a side, one way or the other.

Don't see it if you want a lite comedy, expect a decisive point of view from the author, & want to be spoon-fed the right or wrong side of the situation.

Also Enjoyed the look, feel & sound of it all...... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You like great acting and character development.

Don't see it if You're going to be annoyed by a somewhat predictable plot and less than fulfilling end.

Great acting, Relevant

See it if you want to see the 1st play by L. Hellman that shows a piece of Americana with union strikes, & strike breakers affecting family loyalties

Don't see it if you are not interested in period pieces of depression plays that show how a union strike causes destruction to a family & town.

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...
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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 produc...
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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, ...
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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 stil...
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