“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.” Full Review
“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." Full Review
“Dated as this play may seem at first, its treatment of the double standard in male-female relationships remains surprisingly timely and is handled with considerable aplomb…Each character gets to weigh in colorfully regarding the dilemma…Their differing perspectives make up the bulk of the writing. The ensemble is well-honed, although the accents vary in quality…Given a lively...revival by director Gus Kaikkonen,…'Hindle Wakes' is an unexpectedly bright addition to the current season.” Full Review
"A century old British play being given a new life...This play celebrates a woman standing up for her rights, despite society’s claim on her...The cast is uniformly good with Brinkley perfectly representing the modern freethinking woman, as in contrast to Geer’s repressed woman of the time. Both give pause to who and what they represent. It is always lovely to see Hogan’s elequent work on stage...Kaikkonen direction allows the time period to speak for itself." Full Review
“A lovely crafted and quite progressive stage play, remarkable for something written in 1910. It delves with a compelling sincerity into the complex questions of ethics, class, sex, and morals of the time with a surprisingly dose of comic realism. And in the end, this production is just plain good fun...The arguments by all are solid and logical, wrapped up in a tidy artful comedy...This enjoyable and fun comedy should not be lost or neglected.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“Banks has rediscovered an interesting British play from the early 20th century and given it a first-rate production...The play combines family drama, social criticism, ethical and moral dilemmas, satire and a dash of feminism...Shaw minus much of the wit...Lovingly staged...Smooth direction by Kaikkonen. It’s slow moving and the accents can be a bit challenging, but if you have a taste for well-produced neglected plays, you will be rewarded.” Full Review
“Houghton’s 1912 play skewers its era’s social mores without proselytizing or cliché psychology. Characters are decidedly multidimensional. Humor and irony arrive impactful as well as entertaining. We utterly believe these people as written and played and are drawn in to what might hackneyed, but turns out intriguing. A good looking, worthy production of work you’d otherwise never see...Kaikkoen astutely defines his characters...Well crafted.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"It is gratifying and fascinating to find a play taking controversial positions advanced for its time...Astutely directed by Gus Kaikkonen, it is convincingly acted...In Houghton’s play both women get to have their say, much to the consternation of the men...'Hindle Wakes' is very well constructed, and the acting proceeds without the kind of melodramatic histrionics that would have made it less realistic than in the civilized manner in which the action and dialogue unfold." Full Review
"The Mint presents Houghton’s refreshing, timeless work with its usual seamless aplomb and design dexterity. Also, the superb acting ensemble steps into early-20th-century Hindle, England accoutered with local, quaint accents...Houghton’s themes can then strike our hearts with searing relevance... The independence, autonomy, and integrity of both Fanny and Beatrice surprise and hearten...The Mint has revived a treasure, finding the impassioned justice in 'Hindle Wakes'." Full Review
"What's remarkable about the production is its relevance...We have a play with the robust humor that is always bubbling below the surface...It avoids sentimentality and it doesn't romanticize, but it offers insight into what causes prejudice and small-mindedness. It also shows how self-confidence and determination can free almost anyone from the confines of parental boundaries...The cast is superbly gifted...The smooth ensemble playing is perfection." Full Review
“Mint Theater Company is demonstrating that this little-known play with its perplexing title is a compelling period piece. Directed by Kaikkonen and performed with unrelenting gusto...A comedy-drama about sexual mores, class distinctions, and gender politics in provincial England just prior to World War I...The cast is a compelling, well-calibrated ensemble...The Mint has given Houghton’s neglected play a handsome physical production.” Full Review
"Though somewhat sleepy-eyed, the revival reaffirms the play as both well worth knowing in itself and particularly resonant in today's political climate...Like a good stew, the plot keeps thickening...with each turn another set of conflicting social attitudes bubbles up...Kaikkonen's cast weighs in most strongly when the females come to the fore...A slight air of cautious earnestness hangs over the whole production...They needn't have worried...The play has aged charmingly." Full Review
"It’s talky...But the talk, while leisurely, is compelling, especially in its surprising currency...Watching Alan, Fanny, and Beatrice try to wriggle out of the social expectations they’re weighted down with doesn’t feel 106 years old at all...Kaikkonen directs the fine ensemble naturalistically...There’s not a weak link, and the comedy, when it’s there, springs from the characters’ uncomfortable existences within established norms. With 'Hindle Wakes,' the Mint has a winner. " Full Review
"It's hard to realize just how scandalous and revolutionary Houghton's drama 'Hindle Wakes' was in its time...Houghton was certainly familiar with the town and the people he was writing about...He grew up with the local dialect and knew how to use it effectively...There are no misguided attempts to update a drama so deeply rooted in its time. Nevertheless, the cast breathes life into the characters in a way that makes them step out of the past and speak to us in a very modern way." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“A fascinating balance between, on one hand, three-dimensional characters with full-blown conflicts and, on the other, ideas about society, relationships, and, yes, sex...The result is fascinating, involving, surprising, and funny...The show is well-performed...The direction by Gus Kaikkonen is smooth and unobtrusive, with a slight tendency to shtick. The design aspects are first-rate...Houghton unfortunately died at 32...Thanks to The Mint for giving him his due in this wonderful production.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“A cracking play that richly deserves this opportunity...Houghton has created a well-made play that is consistently gripping and throws up a truly Ibsenite heroine...There is only a single criticism of this superb production...With a couple of honourable exceptions, it might have been better for the actors to skip their limp attempts at accents...Regardless...if you are within reach, don’t miss a rare opportunity to see a worthy and highly enjoyable play from the past.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
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.
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."
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
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
See it if Run, don’t walk to theatre row before this Mint gem closes. Who knew a small Victorian era northern English story would be so relevant now.
Don't see it if Performances, direction, and staging all understated yet spot-on. Writing fluid yet tight. Classic take on class with a #metoo prescience
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
See it if You want another expertly produced play of an old gem. Again, the Mint puts together a superb cast and production.
Don't see it if you're looking for something edgy or new. This is not their mission.
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.
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"
See it if You want to see a stage transformed from a modest home to a grand mansion. You want to see an interesting story, well told by fine actors.
Don't see it if You do not like dramas that take place a long time ago. You have a hard time with accents.
See it if you like a simple story about life in a small town in England. This production just tells a story with no tricks. It's lovely.
Don't see it if you want flashy tricks on stage. The actors tell this early 1900 story with conviction and clarity.
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.
See it if You enjoy well-made lost gems that are relevant today. You love great acting.
Don't see it if You prefer a lot of action rather than dialogue. You don't want to deal with dialect.
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.
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
See it if You enjoy a wonderful production of a 100 year old play. Great staging and costumes. Relevant class and feminist themes.
Don't see it if You have no patience for period drama.
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