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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

During previews
78
A good revival

See it if You like old plays about moral issues

Don't see it if You don’t like old plays about moral issues

During previews
72
Ambitious, Mostly good acting, Uneven direction, Some stereotyped characters, Interesting story

See it if you like tales about Irish heritage, human evil, frailty, effects of poverty & conflict between rural and city life.

Don't see it if you dislike serious "dark" stories that are about suffering, conflict and sadness.

During previews
71
Absorbing, Poignant, Interesting remounting

See it if you appreciate Irish drama. Some very poignant scenes and some good acting.

Don't see it if you have no patience for a long, drawn out unfolding plot. Some directorial choices made some of the dialogue difficult to understand.

During previews
76
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like good Irish drama with very good actors.

Don't see it if You have a difficult time with strong Irish brogues.

During previews
87
Worthwhile, Engaging

See it if Nice to see a woman's dilemma portrayed sympathetically by a male playwright. And, what a performance by Meaney in the lead!

Don't see it if I found this fairly fast paced for an older drama but others might find it sluggish. The bonfire scenario really heightened the tension.

During previews
90
Great writing, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see why universal themes are timeless

Don't see it if darkness, superstition, intolerance, avarice, and hypocrisy are triggering for you

Also this is the type of play that needs to be revived. Great writing, grea... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Slow, Disappointing, Intense, Great acting

See it if you enjoy the Mint Theater's usual level of fine acting and you love Irish plays, even when the play is uneven and the outcome a letdown.

Don't see it if you only like upbeat plays and happy endings!

Also I don't think I heard or understood more than 5% of what Jesse Penning... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Slow, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in a woman's search for truth and honesty in a difficult world.

Don't see it if .You want to see a consistently well directed play.

Also The actor who played the newly wed husband had ridiculous body, mouth ... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of mint revivals. It is dark, it is serious, it is twisted, but it's so well done

Don't see it if you don't like serious revivals, difficult topics, and serious plays

Also Mint delivers yet again. A big fan of what they do on a small intimate... Read more Read less

During previews
67
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
76
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a well-made play which grows in intensity

Don't see it if you have had enuf of the poor in Ireland

During previews
82
Slow at times, Great staging, Great acting, St. john's eve, june 23rd, setting, Melodrama

See it if you favor melodramas set on a bleak Irish farm; you're a fan of The Mint; you don't want to miss a chance to see a rarely revived 1948 play

Don't see it if you feel suspense must be driven by a character's choices vs embarrassing secrets; you'd rather have 1 finger of fun vs 3 fingers of bleak

Also Set on June 23rd, St. John's Eve, when pagan rituals & bonfires are th... Read more Read less

During previews
56
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
90
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if Great script, acting and direction! Beautifully written story which will draw you into an intoxicating drama. A must see!

Don't see it if If you have no interest in Ireland.

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy Mint Theater productions of obscure and dated plays by remarkable playwrights. This morality play is dark and profound and typical

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding Irish brogues.

Also of Irish storytelling. Good acting and creative set provide for a thou... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Uneven acting, Dated

See it if you want to check “see a play by Micheál mac Liammóir” off your bucket list, and for a very good performance by Meaney.

Don't see it if you’re not up for a grim play with little comic relief. The lead actor doesn’t open his mouth when he speaks, making him hard to understand.

During previews
70
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy irish theatre and interesting older plays. interesting information about the playwright.

Don't see it if you dislike irish theatre

During previews
82
Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy plays about Ireland.

Don't see it if You have difficulty understanding heavy Irish accents.

During previews
87
Great staging, Great acting, Dated, Absorbing

See it if You like Irish drama and tragedy

Don't see it if You don’t like Irish drama

During previews
88
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy revivals of forgotten plays or are a fan of the Mint - this was a particularly good one. Very strong female lead

Don't see it if You dislike dark tragic stories

During previews
85
Suspenseful, Gripping, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate older plays that capture the ambience and mores of other times and places.

Don't see it if if you prefer plays that do not rely on embarrassing secrets to drive suspense and drama.

During previews
85
Resonant, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like a classic play with dramatic stories. And if you don't mind the 2 hours running time. Kudos to the breath taking sound effects.

Don't see it if You want to see something more fast paced or thrilling or grand. It's like reading a book, need some patience to get through to the ending.

During previews
82
Profound, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if It is an old fashioned play that makes you think

Don't see it if If you want a light fluff play this is not for you

During previews
70
Slow, Dated, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if I'm a fan of the Mint Productions, acting was great, nice set, interesting story, does not put you asleep

Don't see it if Difficult Irish dialect, lost some of the conversation, starts out slow, moves faster in second act.

During previews
72
Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You love Mint revivals of early plays never performed in NY which are dramatic and thought provoking The female lead is very strong

Don't see it if You are frustrated by some poor casting and a male lead who does not project his voice making it difficult to catch some crucial plot points


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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