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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 (92)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Intense
80
Avg Score

69
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

79
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy good writing performed by competent actors in a play that holdsup to the test of time

Don't see it if The Irish acents or dated material don't appeal to you

90
Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in how traditional people respond to cultural change; are interested in rural Ireland; you are interested in gender issu

Don't see it if You want lighter fare. This ends sadly. Although it treats prostitutes sympathetically it ultimately stands for traditional morality

Also Well paced and I thought that the actors ranged from good to great. Th... Read more Read less

60
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 at a son's expense will repel you.

75
Curiously insubstantial play, considering its fiery subject matter, aided mightily by some fine acting ...

See it if you don't want to miss the memorable characterizations offered by the actors, especially Con Morgan, Brenda Meaney & Jesse Pennington.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a play that would have been better off left undiscovered.

90
Good acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well-acted production of a 70-year old play with interesting if not lovable characters

Don't see it if you will be upset with intra-family conflict that goes beyond arguments

75
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy

See it if You like dramas about poverty and Ireland and the hard choices people have to make when they came to the big city.

Don't see it if You have trouble following Irish accents or don’t like stories that revolve around prostitution.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you enjoy early 20th century drama, great acting, or slightly darker family drama (although not family-friendly)

Don't see it if you have trouble with Irish accents or need your theatre to be uplifting

Also The story is focused on the relationships of three people - two in par... Read more Read less

73
Resonant

See it if Want to see a play about what life was and, to some extent, still is for women or if you enjoy discussing a characters choices after a show.

Don't see it if You hate it when you predict what’s coming.

90
Socially conscious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like plays that although written 75 years ago, deal with issues that are as fresh as today’s headlines.

Don't see it if You think rural Ireland is boring and can’t understand the accents,

72
Slow, Intelligent, Dated

See it if Good cast. Revival of a play not often produced.

Don't see it if Melodramatic stories and dragged at times.

84
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are interested in a play about the struggles, deceit, pain and love in rural Ireland with disdain for London folk.

Don't see it if A forgotten Irish playwright's work is not interesting to you.

85
Dated, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you love a terrific lead performance in a rediscovered gem from the Mint. The intellectual direction and story-telling are crisp.

Don't see it if you have trouble with dialects, old fashioned plays, or dislike uninventive staging.

85
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like absorbing plays

Don't see it if You only like musicals

During previews
75
Some strong acting, Melodrama, Period piece, Long, Absorbing

See it if you like bleak Irish dramas, full of secrets/sadness. Feisty female fights for future.Barbara well-cast. 2 male leads disappoint. Gd accents

Don't see it if you want comedy. Or need the action to move swiftly (slow dialog/unnecy scenes). Still, I enjoyed this intellig play well-handled by Mint.

During previews
77
Predictable, Great staging, Tense, Dated, Absorbing

See it if You want to see another bleak Irish family drama. (Did nothing good EVER happen to those people?) Well written and acted.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a little slice of sunshine. Fairly well done but you can spot the trouble coming from a mile away.

During previews
85
Tragic, Profound, Thought-provoking, Suspenseful, Absorbing

See it if Melodrama with old-fashioned mores still has a lot to say, e.g. about taking responsibility for the past. Excellent acting & staging.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in a woman trapped by her past choices in a constraining society. Dated gender roles. Strong accents.

Also The mountains represent the society of the time. Barbre sees them from... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if An old story retold about an Irish lass with a past. Accents on mark. Well directed and acted

Don't see it if If you want a more upbeat story or a theater in works play. A bigger production.

During previews
75
Well written, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Drama uses Interesting premise about lengths of redemption and its repercussions Well written despite its inherent melodrama w/good acting

Don't see it if Could have been tighter & more potent w/o local village 'color' (esp the deaf savant) Reminiscent of early O'Neill Set is rather clunky

During previews
82
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Dated

See it if You like rarely-seen, classic plays. You want to see a play that, while dated, has something to say & was an inspiration for O'Neill.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary plays. You'd prefer to see the more well-known Anna Christie. You don't like intimate stagings.

During previews
84
Clear, Poignant, Scholarly, Well-played, Sharp

See it if you have any interest in mid-20th Century theater, or Irish culture, or comparing the position of women in different eras.

Don't see it if plays that abide by old-fashioned rules feel too dated for you to care.

Also Much as I love innovation in theater, the nerd in me also loves sharp ... Read more Read less

During previews
71
Needs work, Banal, Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if You like old Irish dramas with predictable storylines. In early previews so not quite polished yet. Disagree with heavy brogue comments.

Don't see it if You like action plays. Dislike Irish drama or Mint Theater revivals of old plays. Like a BBC soap opera.

Also The cast is adequate for the material. It plods along predictably.... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Great acting, Irish catholic morals, Slow paced 60 year old play, Melodrama done well, Great set and sound design

See it if Irish woman with big city experience hits resistance when she attempts to return to the country and her secret is revealed.

Don't see it if You may have difficulty with Irish accents and expressions. Character and Morals (the Mountain) may look different but never change.

During previews
82
Very irish, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a drama with wonderful character studies. Set used very well and powerful acting especially by the lead actress.

Don't see it if you like comedy or don't like shows with an Irish flavor.

During previews
88
Riveting, Romantic, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Former-pro newlywed hides her scarlet letter from view from spouse but his father sees it blazing red.Agreeable accents.Quaint set.Chemistry

Don't see it if Pure melodrama, but so so well-written and superbly acted by Horgan and Brenda Meaney. This is where The Mint and The Irish Rep excel.

Also "You're one of the good ones, the strong ones."Title refers to no matt... Read more Read less


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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