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. More…
Three days ago, she married Tom, who knows nothing of her past. Together they hope to settle with Tom’s father on his farm, and live a simple life far from the temptations and torments of the sinful city. But soon they will learn that it’s not easy for anyone to escape their past, even among the rocks and ruins of the mountainside.
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.]
See it if you like discovering rarely produced Irish play from early 20th century, enjoy Mint Theater's meticulousness & serious plots
Don't see it if Not a fan of Irish spoken on stage, don't like old unfamiliar plays or a touch of melodrama, don't enjoy 'fallen woman' stories
See it if you enjoy Irish theater of the mid 20th Century - well written, with good actors on a well-designed set with great sound and lights.
Don't see it if you want a fast moving story, have difficulty with heavy accents or want a happy ending.
See it if you want to support the fine work of the Mint Theater which has high production values and excellent performers.
Don't see it if you want to see play that offers insights or originality.
See it if you enjoy the forgotten plays resurrected by The Mint.
Don't see it if your preference is for more current theater where the dialogue is less wordy.
See it if Irish dramas, morality & period pieces, story of strong determined woman trying to overcome her past, great performances by Meaney & Horgan
Don't see it if disappointing set including the background mountains; some cliched local characters late in play; Irish accents by some hard to understand*
See it if an Ireland-set, 70-year-old play about family bonds and secrets, gender stereotypes, sexuality, superstition, and mental illness appeals,
Don't see it if you struggle with datedness, dislike Mint Theater Company or "fusty" works, and/or struggle to understand Irish and/or British accents.
See it if You like a great story with fabulous actors that keeps you guessing til the end.
Don't see it if You like lighthearted easy-going comedies. This is a bit of a tension filled story.
See it if you'll enjoy a dark Irish drama, first performed in 1948.The acting in this is truly excellent.
Don't see it if you don't like dark, tragic plays & prefer comedies or musicals.
See it if The Mint revivals are always worth seeing & this, 1st performed in 1948, must have been a shocker at the time. Well done Mint Theater!
Don't see it if You prefer newly written plays or musicals.
See it if you enjoy relationship plays; you don't need happy endings; you like figuring out what's going to happen
Don't see it if you have difficulty with Irish accents and mumbled speech; you don't enjoy plays dealing with dysfunctional families
See it if you can deal with depressing stories, you can deal with actors who mumble, you can deal with Irish accents
Don't see it if you want to feel happy, you like to hear every word, you want characters you can relate to
See it if you like older morality plays about the stickiness of misdeeds. Like plays that build moral dilemmas on top of each other in sequence.
Don't see it if you mind heavy dialogue, can't shift perspective for older morality and societal viewpoints. Mind the lack of a completely heroic character.
See it if Some good acting by experienced and well-trained actors. Above average production. Draws you in. Jonathan Bank does not direct.
Don't see it if Newly-married Bairbre returns from a dozen years in London with her naive loser husband Tom to their backward rural Irish village. Tom
See it if You enjoy a good revival of a play that must have been pretty scandalous when it was written in a small theater setting.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy dramas or small theater productions.
See it if you like revivals featuring Brenda Meaney in a distinguish performance in a play where Catholicism, Paganism & Supernatural intertwine.
Don't see it if If you do not like revivals & have difficult with the Irish brogue accent.
See it if You enjoy excellent acting in an excellent play about how your past can doom your present and destroy your future.
Don't see it if You want a lighthearted evening or if your ear is not fine tuned for accents or if you cannot pay attention.
See it if a museum piece of a middling Irish drama from the middle of the last century. Does not belong being shown in this century
Don't see it if The Mint's has miscast the characters, the amateur scenery does not add to show Judgmental awful plot should never see another production
Also A very rare Mint miss
See it if You enjoy Irish theater and an interesting plot. Be sure to read the playbill - interesting info about the play and author.
Don't see it if You don’t care for Irish theater or have difficulty with Irish accents.