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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)


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

During previews
Profound, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if I always enjoy mint theatre productions and this is no exception. Good acting thought provoking theatre experience.

Don't see it if You prefer more uplifting content or a musical.

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see great acting and a revival play that is deeply dramatic and well written.

Don't see it if you are looking for fluff or the experimental.

Also Most impressive. The acting is superb. The playbill will give a sense ... Read more Read less

During previews
Well-acted, well-staged, intriguing irish play

See it if You like Irish family dramas. You're intrigued by questions of morality.

Don't see it if Brogue and slow action get on your nerves.

During previews
Dated, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This is a well written and acted play which holds your interest throughout. It can make you think about how much we have changed as a societ

Don't see it if Don’t see it if slight Irish accents are difficult to understand. It’s a long story but well told.

During previews
Great writing, Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want an interesting plot with an unexpected ending.The MINT is very good @ retelling historical past.

Don't see it if you expect a happy ending or a modern day show.This is a play from Irland past.

Also The language is typical Irish but it is not... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You are looking for an entertaining straightforward traditional play. The characters were well developed and the acting&staging was great

Don't see it if You are looking for something more profound and avant-garde, or if you just want light entertainment- it gets pretty dark. No children!

During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Riveting

See it if you like period pieces from the early to mid 20th century, dramas with political undertones and moral dilemmas.

Don't see it if you are put off by Irish accents and can't be bothered to study the glossary provided in the program.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you support neglected but noteworthy playwrights

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted story

During previews
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You'd like to see a forgotten masterpiece or see an Irish version of a Greek tragedy. Stellar acting.

Don't see it if Melodramatic elements aren't to your liking.

During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like dark themed plays that are relevant due to today's divide between urban and rural parts of the world.

Don't see it if You are not patient with accents as the actors are sometimes hard to understand due both dialect and accent.

During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Intense, Interesting story, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy an Irish version of a Greek tragedy set on a 20th century, rural, Irish farm.

Don't see it if you‘re looking for a contemporary or light-hearted play or a musical, have trouble with Irish accents.

Also Although this well-written play is a period piece, it’s themes — intol... Read more Read less

During previews
Intense, Great acting, Masterful, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you love good acting, direction, & understandable Irish dialect! Outcome is predictable but you still want to find out what happened and why

Don't see it if you have difficulty with dialects, don't like backwoods stories, don't appreciate real life happenings.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Absorbing play about secret pasts threatening to destroy a just-married couple's happiness. Fine acting, especially by lead Brenda Meaney.

Don't see it if you need physical motion/action on stage.

Also Following 6/8 matinee, Mint had drama expert discuss the fascinating h... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Romantic, Entertaining, Dated, Great acting

See it if acting's good when it's not burdened by actors trying to do the accents properly. girl playing Bridin is excellent. Great set!

Don't see it if I like the twist, but the rest of it's pretty formulaic. Nice production, though.

During previews
Intense, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An intense, intelligent, well written and riveting drama. The ideas are rather blatant, lacking the subtlety of truly great Irish plays.

Don't see it if Some of the Irish brogue and accent is hard to decipher and understand, but all the action is very clear.

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 ;

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Exquisite, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience character development and the effect of life choices.

Don't see it if you feel other people cannot influence your life.

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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