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The Mountains Look Different

From 93 member  reviews
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

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

Grim, predictable, a talent for unhappiness

See it if You don't mind a story you know will end badly.

Don't see it if A tale of vicious exploitation by a father at his son's expense will repel you.

Classy, Irish-beloved, Interesting, Enchanting, Informative

See it if You like old gems. If you love the Actress Brenda Meany.

Don't see it if You're looking for fancy sets, staging, or a neat and tidy ending

During previews
Slow, Confusing, Great acting

See it if You like plays based on history.

Don't see it if You like musicals. This play was a bit confusing.

During previews
Miscast, Dated, Overlong

See it if you love the Mint and exploring old Irish plays that time has (rightfully) forgotten, reflecting the sensibilities of early 20th century.

Don't see it if you expect good acting (two of the main male characters are terribly miscast) or a play that has remained relevant to today's audiences.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like great acting, and an absorbing, intense plot

Don't see it if You need a light, entertaining, conflict free story ;

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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