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 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 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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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