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The Lucky One

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Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Dated, Intelligent, Slow

About the show

The Mint Theater presents a rare revival of A. A. Milne's 1919 play exploring the antagonistic relationship between two brothers. More…

In the Farringdon family, Gerald has always basked in the sun while his brother Bob has always stood in his shadow. When Bob finds himself in serious legal trouble, he turns to Gerald for rescue. After Gerald fails to come through, years of simmering resentment boil over in a confrontation that is as stirring as it is surprising. This obscure play was written by A. A. Milne, best known as the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Member Reviews (140)


Great acting, Entertaining, Dated, Intelligent, Slow
Avg Score

Great acting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a show that has many layers to it. Though set in a time and class foreign to most still resonates. Superbly acted!

Don't see it if You don't like period pieces or shows that make you look at your own family relationships and re-examine them.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if Mint is on a perpetual roll, Sets are always super even after the tough move. Cast is in tune. Surprised that Milne is the writer.

Don't see it if Act 1 may be a bit slow but Act 2 is the time for the climax, Do not miss it If you need singing and dancing this is not your cup of Earl G

Great staging, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy well staged, gorgeously costumed and elegantly performed theater.

Don't see it if British upperclass stiffness puts you to sleep.

Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Riveting

See it if You like rarely seen revivals that respect their time period & are relevant to today. You like well-written plays & great acting.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary plays. You have no familiarity w/early 20th century English play structure.

S*l*o*w, Mediocre, Banal, Overrated

See it if you want to see a play by the author of "Winnie The Pooh." "Winnie" is definitely better than this play.

Don't see it if you like fast-moving plays. This one is as slow as molasses.

Also I usually enjoy the productions by the Mint Theatre. They find long-lo... Read more Read less

I think i liked it more than 70 so if you care read the "what else"

See it if I didn't find this dated. I do think more subtlety might have filled out a rather thin play. It is mannered, but then it should be.

Don't see it if It was polarized. Milne's charm was really lost here. I felt the female lead was in a different play entirely. The tone never jelled.

Also With a pause and an intermission, I had the option of leaving early. I... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy sibling rivalry stories, especially when both perspectives are presented - reminiscent of The Price.

Don't see it if you do not like disfunctional family stories or dislike period pieces.

Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, So very, very british

See it if you're interested in dated British drawing room soaps. This is Upstairs without the jolly Downstairs.

Don't see it if old fashioned plays where the characters love to talk and talk and talk are not your thing.

Intelligent, Fine acting, Thoughtfully executed, Somewhat unfulfilled, Resonant

See it if an early-20th-century play about brothers who misunderstand one another, compounded by a love triangle, appeals. It is an intelligent play.

Don't see it if requiring glitz, snappy dialogue, and a ton of action. This is a thinker's play. While some moments feel empty, it made me ponder afterward.

Also The Mint Theater's productions are often steeped in nostalgia and vint... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy period family dramas, centered around two brothers. You enjoy investigations of envy and perception

Don't see it if You dislike Noel Coward or clunky transitions.

Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Light, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy Noel Coward and want more of that dapper, high society world.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate an uneven tone of a dramedy.

Also A crisp production that blends a frothy country house comedy with more... Read more Read less

Great acting, Talky, Forgettable

See it if To appreciate some great performances (especially Cynthia Harrison) and a satisfying second half.

Don't see it if Play dragged for the first two acts. Too many people. Too much filler. Too much golf talk.

Clever, Great writing, Slow, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a masterful play about two brothers, one of whom is everyone's favorite, that completely doesn't go where you'd expect it to

Don't see it if You don't have the patience for slow-moving plays that are just people talking in period English. Or if family dysfunction doesnt interest u

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great staging

See it if you enjoy show about family dynamics that is very perceptive.

Don't see it if you don't like period pieces with traditional presentation.

Also My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this production and would highly r... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Dated, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy an old fashioned play with good characters and acting

Don't see it if you are looking for a modern play

Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent, Good acting, Dated

See it if you enjoy plays about relationships, want to see a revival of A.A. Milne’s work, enjoy British humor

Don't see it if if you are looking for action, music, or fast-paced script

Also The final discussion between the brothers in the last act brought it a... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Slow

See it if you want to see a light, simple show about a relationship between two brothers.

Don't see it if you want complex issues and insights in the plays that you see.

Delightful, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You like period plays about the upper classes in the 1920s-30s. Good conversations between characters.

Don't see it if You don't care about the upper classes and their difficulties.

Overrated, Slow, Well done but rather boring terribly english tale of 2 brothers, both rather unpleasant.

See it if You just love Masterpiece Theater upper class English types being their irritating, boring selves.

Don't see it if Those stiff upper lip types set your teeth on edge.

Wait for it

See it if You want to explore repression and jealousy You are interested in how social conventions have changed (or not) You appreciate droll humor

Don't see it if You dislike stupid people & trivial conversations, which describes act 1 - all a set up for a powerful act 2 unveiling resentment & conflict

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See it if you like well-acted period family dramas with some humor.

Don't see it if you dislike family dramas

Also I know the NYT compared this to The Price, but I liked this considerab... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You're interested in seeing a classic play by someone known as a children's author. You like English dramas from the early 1900s.

Don't see it if You can't understand English accents. You don't like older language. You want something modern.

Also Every Mint Production is excellent and this is no exception. Good acti... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Wonderful acting, Fine staging, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if you can enjoy a drama splashed with humor about siblings with grievances. Very well presented (acting, set, costumes, staging).

Don't see it if you'd prefer a musical or farce.

Too quaint to pooh-pooh too much, Unlovable key performances, Lacks layered characters, Unhelpful set

See it if like me you admire the Mint Theater's mission of unearthing unknown older plays and are interested in experiencing Milne's unPooh side.

Don't see it if you want present tense connections btw actors even if the play was written long ago. Milne & the Mint don't make a case for the characters.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if very enjoyable production of a rarely staged play. excellent period dress and language.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a dated period piece

May 22nd, 2017
"The play doesn’t have quite the punch of the Mint’s best rediscoveries, but it has enough to convey why Milne was a successful playwright before he became better known for those enduring children’s stories about Winnie-the-Pooh...The pay doesn’t translate particularly well to our era...Yet Mr. G...
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May 26th, 2017
"A playgoer wouldn't be blamed for anticipating a night of vintage bon mots and comedy of manners gracefulness. And while Marchese's swell, well-acted production is filled with pretty people...the play is more of a somber one...The story moves slowly until the brothers have a climatic confrontati...
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May 19th, 2017
"Milne's script creaks as often as it crackles...The expository conversation is so determinedly cheery and self-consciously witty that you might find your teeth aching, just a little...Marchese gets three incisive performances from his leads...The rest of the cast is more than capable at deliveri...
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May 18th, 2017
"'The Lucky One' turns out to be so good a play that it's hard to understand why it's so rarely revived and isn't considered at least a minor classic...The casting could hardly be improved upon...But if I had to name only one actor here who deserves every possible award nomination for which she's...
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