Hindle Wakes
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Hindle Wakes

Hindle Wakes NYC Reviews and Tickets

(112 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (112)

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618 Reviews | 274 Followers
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 Read more

417 Reviews | 69 Followers
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.

371 Reviews | 150 Followers
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." Read more

384 Reviews | 54 Followers
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.

376 Reviews | 53 Followers
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."

260 Reviews | 597 Followers
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.

330 Reviews | 103 Followers
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!

337 Reviews | 87 Followers
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 Read more

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
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 vote...A play about class, ambition, and self-determination, but it’s even more concerned with the suffocating effects of paternalism.”
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Lighting & Sound America
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 capitalism-inspired vision of individual satisfaction...Effectively immerses us in a world where the mere hint of impurity is enough to destroy a young woman's reputation."
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Talkin' Broadway
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 Yorkshire patois. These two and the rest of the production team...work together with a superb cast and the words of a long-deceased playwright to create something very special.”
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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 may find the play's Edwardian morality dated, the Me-Too movement shows not a lot has changed in the past 100 years. The clever and wise ‘Hindle Wakes’ is as timely as ever.”
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Theater Pizzazz
January 18th, 2018

“A thoroughly enjoyable, readily accessible play...Although it was written more than 100 years ago, it raises issues of sex, love, ethics, and morality that still stir controversy...While Ibsen, Wilde, and Shaw had previously addressed these matters, the characters in ‘Hindle Wakes’ are more fully realized and the humor is gentle...This work has been brilliantly cast and dazzlingly performed. It’s rich with laugh lines that are also thought-provoking...So run, don’t walk, to buy thy tickets.”
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January 18th, 2018

“Under the sure-footed direction of Kaikonen, each member of the cast gets to make the most of his or her character's real and very human personality traits. Brinkley as Fanny is a convincingly feisty early feminist and we wouldn't have a play without her character. However, it's the older characters...Who bring out the humor and make this more than a period drama with a dash of feminism...As usual with a Mint production, a huge nod to the crafts team.”
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Front Row Center
January 19th, 2018

“Mint Theater Company’s production vibrantly brings to the contemporary table sexual issues which preoccupy us today...The climax is startling and worthy of our age, a gift from playwright...A company of great actors, due much congratulations on their masterful craft...Directed with clarity and sensitivity...This play deserves our attention. It is a descendant of Ibsen and owes much to that master of realistic social argument, the theatrical presentation of ideas.”
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Stage Buddy
January 18th, 2018

“This 1912 drama is stunningly pertinent and potent...A thoughtful, handsomely mounted, and thoroughly enjoyable production...It’s a bit tricky for the director to segue from the extremely dark and heavy opening scenes of the play to the sort of comedy-of-manners business that comes later in the evening...The cast is solid...This production owes a great deal of its success to Brinkley’s turn as the radiantly earthy Fanny. She is pitch-perfect.”
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