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The Mountains Look Different
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The Mountains Look Different NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(93 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Intense

About the Show

The Mint presents a new staging of Micheál mac Liammóir's 1948 Irish drama, which tells the story of Bairbre’s return home to Ireland, after a dozen hard years in London working the streets.

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Great staging, Melodramatic, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if u want to see Mint inventively mount another forgotten drama, this time about an archetypal fallen woman's bid for salvation in 40s Ireland.

Don't see it if u expect to discover a lost classic. [Mac Liammoir's play is a bit creaky, histrionic & predictable w/a number of plot holes.] Read more

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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if Mint,maybe 40-50 productions has always come" thru" (one loser in all of those years The goal to produce some shows of yore is a success

Don't see it if We need more Mint works Read more

Critic Reviews (17)

June 20th, 2019

"The Mint Theater, which specializes in excavating forgotten gems, has found a solid one in 'The Mountains Look Different,' a 1948 drama by Micheál Mac Liammóir that the director Aidan Redmond has polished to a becoming shimmer at Theater Row...It is not, truth be told, a visually splendid production...What’s alluring here is the storytelling, by both Mac Liammóir and the actors, whose across-the-board restraint roots the characters in reality throughout."
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June 20th, 2019

"If the Mint Theater's American premiere of 'The Mountains Look Different,' 71 years after its initial debut, proves anything, it's that melodrama doesn't always get better with age — and this one is particularly creaky...There's no escaping the judgmental nature of mac Liammóir's text, which seems to suggest that women are in constant need of rescuing, and if they try to operate on their own, bad things will happen. Fortunately, Meaney is terrific and keeps her head up."
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July 8th, 2019

"A golden opportunity to get acquainted with two names you should know: Micheál Mac Liammóir and Brenda Meaney…[Meaney] masterfully lays bare the fear behind Bairbre's determinedly ingratiating manner…[the play] benefits from a golden tongue, a kind of back-country poetry that lingers in the mind."
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June 20th, 2019

"In the Mint Theater Company's current, eminently satisfying production of this obscure but extraordinary work, Brenda Meaney gives a wondrous performance...The play has some flaws of construction...'The Mountains Look Different' is worthy of this stellar revival, for which heartfelt thanks are due to director Aidan Redmond and the invaluable Mint Theater Company."
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June 20th, 2019

"As mac Líammóir unpacks his overreaching but still hard to resist work, he had to have concluded that the kind of future an Anna Christie sister-under-the-skin might have would be no picnic on the West Ireland mountains...Director Aidan Redmond has gathered the right cast to cover the above-mentioned bases—and Andrea Varga has dressed them well for the occasions."
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June 20th, 2019

"It is, at best, a fragile work that demands some fine acting and especially atmospheric staging to strengthen or at least camouflage its dramaturgical weaknesses...Apparently this production marks Redmond’s first time as a director and, boy, does it ever look that way...Unfortunately, the patchy acting is mostly indifferent to the point of appearing under-rehearsed. The hasty physical staging is awkward."
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June 23rd, 2019

"A mash-up of Eugene O'Neill's 'Anna Christie' (set in Manhattan and off the coasts of Provincetown and Boston) and 'Desire under the Elms' (with a rural New England setting), the play is set on a farm in the West of Ireland. With its fallen woman theme, this play could have been written any time since 1880. First time director Aidan Redmond has staged the play by the numbers and has given his actors little help. Some of the character interpretations undercut the play."
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June 20th, 2019

"A well-written, if occasionally clumsy, drama of Irish mores…It contains the vivid language associated with the best of modern Irish (or Irish-British) drama, offers actors juicy dialect roles, and has a familiar melodramatic situation and structure…What it doesn't have in the Mint Theater's inadequate production is powerfully insightful direction and exceptional acting…Meaney gives a quality performance as Bairbre…Horgan and Pennington, the male leads, however, are seriously out of tune."
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June 20th, 2019

"This fleetly moving production is directed by Aidan Redmond and features nine topflight actors...'The Mountains Look Different' is a striking museum piece, a glimpse of middling Irish drama from the middle of the last century. As performed by the Mint's splendid cast, the play is engaging but never compelling because the script, though artful, is as unconvincing as those beautifully painted, old-fashioned stage flats."
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June 20th, 2019

"The cast is terrific, especially Meaney. Your heart breaks for her as the menacing Horgan goes for the jugular...Aidan Redmond’s staging doesn’t help the plays flaws, nor does the set by Vicki R. Davis. Though beautiful, the mountains should stand out. Christian DeAngelis’s lights illuminate the nights passing. It took 'The Mountains Look Different' 71 years to get its premiere, but its time has passed."
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June 22nd, 2019

"After a solid first act, things go somewhat awry after intermission. The introduction of four new characters late in the play dissipates the claustrophobia that was building up. The drama rapidly turns into melodrama. The strongest reason to see the play is the riveting performance by Ms. Meaney. One feels her pain. The other two principals do not fare as well...Director Aidan Redmond’s direction seemed choppy at times. The play is an interesting curiosity but not a must-see."
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June 20th, 2019

"Under the direction of Aidan Redmond, the cast delivers all of the emotion and conflicts inherent in the characters and their situations, along with their authentic accents and passages of Gaeilge, with commitment and fluency...The Mint’s gripping US premiere of 'The Mountains Look Different' is a well-chosen drama that effectively captures the historic style, while considering an unsettling human dilemma that still remains unsettled. And that’s what makes it a universal classic."
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June 24th, 2019

“The play can be described as plain and ordinary...a rarity for Jonathan Bank’s supremely talented and otherwise consistently dependable Mint...’The Mountains Look Different’, which was inspired by Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Anna Christie’, never ignites. It is a one-note morality play, lacking depth and nuance, directed with overly straightforward precision by actor Aidan Redmond. The acting is fine...The story surrounding the play is more intriguing than the play itself.”
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June 25th, 2019

“A splendid play, and a splendid production. The Mint is at the top of its considerable game...One is especially impressed with Aidan Redmond’s direction, which maintains a brisk pace and renders plot developments that could strain credibility in lesser hands as utterly believable...Torn families, big feelings, and destructive but understandable human behaviors; that’s Irish 20th century drama, and with ‘The Mountains Look Different’, the Mint serves up an outstanding, little-known slice of it.”
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June 20th, 2019

"Confidently paced by Director Aidan Redmond, the complexities and internal negotiations of remaking oneself are explored through rich dialogue and body language...The acting is solid across the board...'The Mountains Look Different' is recommended for fans of well-written period pieces given fine productions."
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June 21st, 2019

“This unsettling tale of isolation and mystery walks softly and carries a big secret...The biggest problem is that the play peaks too early...For much of Act II Meaney finds herself on a rescue mission to keep the energy going through the end of the play. As she carries the show, Meaney operates on a completely different level from the rest of the cast...She would outclass any but the fiercest of actors...'The Mountains Look Different’ is worthy, at times gripping theater.”
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June 21st, 2019

"However bold it was then, by today’s standards, director Aidan Redmond’s revival offers audiences little more than a diorama, a 3-D representation of a bygone era...In this period play, the odds are stacked against a smart, straight-talking, and brave woman who is desperate to make a fresh start in life. While Redmond’s production generates heat and performances are fiery, the play’s dated and protracted naturalistic style makes the controversy it stoked then no longer feel relevant today."
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