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Hindle Wakes

From 110 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful

About the show

The Mint brings brings Houghton's 1910 comic drama to New York city for the first time in 95 years. A sly morality tale that mixes questions of ethics, class, custom, and morals into an effervescent fizz of comic realism. More…

It’s “Wakes Week” in Hindle; the mill is closed and the workers are idle. Fanny Hawthorn is relaxing at the seashore with a girlfriend when she runs into Alan Jeffcote, the mill owner’s son. Alan takes Fanny to an hotel in Wales for a few days of fun, but the fun stops when their parents find out. Of course, Alan should marry Fanny—no matter that Alan is engaged already. Should Alan do the right thing and make an honest woman of Fanny, or should he do the right thing and stand by his fiancé? 

Member Reviews (110)


Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful
Avg Score

Thanks to the mint for reviving this delightful 1912 play that with shavian wit strikes a blow for women's equality

See it if with humor & sharp plot twists shows how young woman explodes social expectations 2 promote female equality in making marital decisions

Don't see it if not subtle; play from the outset set up as a melodrama; still, well-made, well-acted show that fits together like a fine watch

Also SPOILER ALERT: Play is carefully orchestrated 2 show how social conven... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy first rate revivals of forgotten plays with ideas that are more modern than you would expect.

Don't see it if you don't like romantic comedies where the women call the shots.

Well-acted, Full of integrity and thoughtfulness, Timelessly-revelatory, Engaging, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate older, little-seen dramas revitalized for a contemporary audience; appreciate off-Broadway gems; love solid drama and acting.

Don't see it if seeking bells and whistles and flashy forms of entertainment; want something less predictable; dislike plays that can feel "old-fashioned."

Also The Mint Theatre Company’s shockingly-modern-feeling production of the... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a well structured play about morality in a time long past. Some aspects still relevant others offer interesting comparisons.

Don't see it if you do not appreciate dated plays or you want a musical.

Great ensemble acting, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want to see a period piece with strong female characters, and a surprisingly modern take. Terrific ensemble. Well cast! Well directed.

Don't see it if You don't like heightened language. You aren't interested in the morals and reverse standards of the victorian era. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Intelligent, Clever, Good set, Excellent acting, A bit dated

See it if you like clever "period" pieces, very good acting, highly professional productions, content involving men's and women's roles in society

Don't see it if you dislike plays that are somewhat "dated," have traditional formats and favor plays that are more avant-garde or "cutting edge."

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy period plays. The playwright was ahead of his time in writing this play about morality and woman’s choice.

Don't see it if You have little patience for talk filled shows. Personally I thought this play was very well written!

Delightful, A bit cliched, A bit old fashioned, Honest characters

See it if You like a good old fashioned play with actual characters and plot. True were no surprises but I enjoyed spending time with the compay

Don't see it if You want fancy costumes, glitzy scenery, sex, violence, loud music. This is quiet fun.

Great acting and direction, Fresh and relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You’re up for a lovely production of a surprisingly progressive 1910 situation comedy where women’s wishes & sexual desires trump all.

Don't see it if You dislike period plays; have no patience for plots that unfold; accents; or don’t understand/can’t imagine Edwardian morals and patriarchy

Also The plot of this surprisingly fresh script was probably already old in... Read more Read less

Dated, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you're a fan of historical dramas and like seeing lost plays that don't quite hold up to today's molds.

Don't see it if you're looking for current theatre topics.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like an intriguing story with strong characters and 100% fine acting

Don't see it if you don't find drawing-room dramas with comedic tones engaging; you don't enjoy plays from the past

Dated, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you want to be entertained by a well produced and acted play that had a lot to say in 1912, when it was written.

Don't see it if you don't like old plays and feel you can get better entertainment on TV.

Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like older plays. While the subject is 'matter of fact' today, this play must have been heresy in 1912. Great acting, easy to watch.

Don't see it if don't like family dramas. This plays seem tame in today's world.

Delightful, Excellent ensemble acting

See it if You want to see a play with a plot, characters, no magic, no profanities, good old-fashioned class conflict with a Lancaster(English)accent.

Don't see it if You like modern drama, that deals with what you think are contemporary issues.

Also Can't believe this work was written in 1912. It's fresh, funny and rem... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Idiosyncratic

See it if you enjoy the Mint's usual high standard of acting and production plus a vintage play with a surprising twist.

Don't see it if you only like intense drama and are unable to appreciate the pace and issues of another era.

Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You love to see interesting characters interact in an absorbing and intelligent manner. You like period dramas. You appreciate moral issues.

Don't see it if You want something avant garde. You want a frothy musical

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you like mint productions. Timely, current issues, well presented and phenomenally relevant and contemporary writing.

Don't see it if you prefer light, fluffy, musical productions

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like old period pieces (this is from 1912). You can understand fairly thick British accents.

Don't see it if You want something very easy to follow, Modern, or with a large cast.

Also Another great production from The Mint. Very interesting piece about w... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Dated, Great acting

See it if you enjoy old plays that were ahead of their time

Don't see it if you're not a fan of older works/

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if What an unexpected, delightful evening! Extremely entertaining and great acting. Funny and sad at times. Great for women’s libbers. Go see👍

Don't see it if You are not into family dramas and the women’s lib movement.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you want great dramatic writing &acting of an old (1910's) play that's surprisingly relevant today & somehow seems modern despite its age.

Don't see it if you're not into serious drama and are just looking to be "entertained"

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Surprising, Great writing

See it if Like GBS? Feeling feministic? Then you'll enjoy this amusing, cleverly written, well-packaged moral lesson with decidedly modern overtones.

Don't see it if You favor action over words and ideas. You don't like period pieces.

Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if appreciate old school linear dramas that confront issues of sexuality in a prim and proper manner. Another home run for the Mint Theater

Don't see it if Only enjoy fluff and glitzy musicals.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy excellent well written historical plays that never grow old.

Don't see it if you only like modern theatre

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy an old-fashioned family drama, you’re interested in a feminist drama from the time of the suffragists

Don't see it if You are not into old and forgotten plays that are definitely worth seeing and enjoyable if not perfect, you dislike traditional narrative

January 19th, 2018
“Gentle as a summer rain until, bam, something electric happens to charge the air. Kaikkonen’s handsome, rough around the edges production makes a better case for the play as a curiosity than a forgotten gem, though...A paean to women’s sexual freedom from a time before they even had the right to...
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January 19th, 2018
“One of the least sentimental plays ever written about matchmaking...A quiet play about a commonplace situation, but, the more one thinks about it, the more devastating it seems...Under Kaikkonen's meticulous, understated direction, a way of life and its assumptions and ideals are overturned by a...
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January 18th, 2018
“The play's construction is rather unusual but highly effective in terms of what we see or don't see happen...Kaikkonen directs with the utmost sensitivity, helping to draw wonderfully naturalistic performances from all involved, and dialect coach Stoller seems to have been a big help with the Yo...
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February 4th, 2018
“Not seen in New York in 95 years, ‘Hindle Wakes’ has been given a stylish and fast-paced production by Gus Kaikkonen making it yet another rediscovered treasure, the Mint's stated mission. At its center is a magnificently wry performance by Jonathan Hogan in the play's leading role. Though some ...
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