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The Mountains Look Different

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Members say: 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. 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.

Member Reviews (93)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Intense
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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.]

Also Vick R. Davis’ creative set design and uniformly wonderful performance... Read more Read less

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

Also The acting is wonderful. ... Read more Read less

Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Dated, Absorbing

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

Predictable, Melodrama, Well directed, Cliched, Slow

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.

Great acting can make an old play stand the test of time

See it if You want to see an old play that is not a classic but maybe should be

Don't see it if You will have trouble going back in time and being able to relate to a much simpler time

Also It was pretty obvious at intermission how the father knew his daughter... Read more Read less

Uneven, Melodramatic, Cliched, Dated, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of The Mint and their revivals of obscure Anglo/Irish plays.

Don't see it if you don't like Irish accents or if you have a low tolerance for melodrama.

Also The quality of the acting is wildly uneven. Brenda Meaney is very stro... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

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.

Dated, Uneven, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing

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*

Also *especially when they don't project. Meaney and Horgan are very clear ... Read more Read less

Eerily relevant to today’s times, Slow-build to a fiery finish, Thought-provoking, Inventive set-design, Old-fashioned melodrama

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.

Also While Mint Theater Company’s productions breathe beautiful life into o... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

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.

Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intense, Absorbing

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.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

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.

Edgy, Thought-provoking, Difficult

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

Banal, Slow, Dated, Cliched

See it if You like Irish theatre and old fashioned plays

Don't see it if Predictable outcomes bother you and have trouble with accents

Great sets, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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

Also The acting is very physical which helps to understand when the dialogu... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great acting, Dated

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.

Intense, Good acting, Interesting premise, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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.

Dated, Resonant, Relevant, Cliched, Absorbing

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

Also doesn’t know about her past as a prostitute but his father does. Altho... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Predictable, Painful

See it if dated melodrama appeals to you.

Don't see it if guessing the story line bores you.

Also What possessed the Mint to produce this type of show? Every step of th... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Riveting, Profound, Great writing, Great acting

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.

Great acting, Great staging

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.

Ahead of its time., Melodramatic., Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You appreciate great acting and a well-made play with a haunting quality.

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents. You dislike melodrama. You prefer happy endings.

Also I prefer happy endings, but I enjoyed this play. The acting was excell... Read more Read less

Insipid, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

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

Interesting, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

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.

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 produc...
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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 see...
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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 d...
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