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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.