The Mint presents Elizabeth Baker’s 1913 comic drama about a businessman who is reluctant to sell his shop for conversion into a dance hall because of his objection to dancing. More…
Mr. Scott and his wife, son, and daughter have long hoped to sell the declining family business so they can pursue dreams now out of reach. When a buyer finally appears and makes a rich offer—Scott hesitates. If he sells, the old shop will become a dance hall—and Thomas Scott believes that dancing is immoral.
See it if you want to see another rare, lost play by a mostly-forgotten playwright, lovingly & elegantly produced by Mint; u want a 1913 Footloose.
Don't see it if you're in it for the play itself. [The play is overstuffed, flimsy & implausible. The production is saved by wonderful acting & directing.]
See it if you're a fan of the Mint & enjoy the discovery of forgotten plays from the early 20th century, linear, socially-relevant plots
Don't see it if plays from early last century are not your thing, prefer less talky, more action plays, don't enjoy linear plots
See it if fine production values such as lovely costumes & excellent direction appeal. The Mint never disappoints in these areas. Always lovely!
Don't see it if you want theater with current themes, political relevance or social commentary.
See it if You are a fan of the Mint Theater (as I am). Acting was good. Fun to see a period piece (in the positive sense of the phrase).
Don't see it if You want something up to date. Of course there is usually something relevant in a old play and that is the case here.
Also 90 minutes
See it if The last 5 minutes of the 90 minute piece are fun (an interesting argument/dilemma and a nice post-curtain dance)
Don't see it if But the pacing beforehand is catatonic. All talk & no action.
See it if You want to see play that remains amazing even though it was written in a very long time ago
Don't see it if You don’t have the ability to put your mind back 100 years ago and be able to feel what much simpler times were like
See it if you enjoy Mint Theater Company works; want to see a female-written play with a spirited female lead, or travel back in time for an evening.
Don't see it if expecting exceptionally riveting, shocking drama; dislike early-20th-century British “parlour-room” plays; or you need something longer.
See it if you are interested in the social concerns of 100 years ago. Nice, enjoyable play but no fireworks.
Don't see it if you have no interest in anything from the past and only like modern plays.
See it if You like classic plays with the wonderful mastery of the Mint Theater Company with all that’s keeps things fresh for today’s audiences.
Don't see it if You want to see contemporary shows.
See it if you enjoy a really good play with a hint of comedy about sticking to our principles
Don't see it if you're looking for a musical although there is a cute dance scene after the show.
See it if you enjoy Mint's brand of resurrected vintage dramas. It is of historical value and nicely done, if not particularly riveting.
Don't see it if you expect lively drama or don't like talky period pieces. It is preachy and old-fashioned, but rather interesting and diverting in its way
See it if you enjoy seeing old plays brought to new life in beautiful productions, with fine acting and direction, though seemingly dated issues
Don't see it if you only like contemporary plays and are not interested in issues of another period that MIGHT actually have relevance to our own.
See it if You appreciate mint’s attention to detail in costume, scenery, dialogue. Are ok with talky play that’s not deep or resolved
Don't see it if You can’t stomach the fundamentalism even if it fits the time period. Very abrupt ending and no reaction by the family members, but missing
See it if you like old-fashioned plays that are light & not too challenging. This is a very slight offering, but has its charms. Goes by quickly.
Don't see it if you don't like old plays that are somewhat creaky, regardless of being well-mounted. The author seems to be divided on her central thesis.
See it if Great production of a very dated show. Mint always does great casting. The show was very slow but the issue was the play not production.
Don't see it if You want silly, fun or a fast moving show or something contemporary:
See it if I love all the mint Productions. For me this is the jewel of New York Off Broadway Theater.
Don't see it if Prefer something more current. This play takes place in early 1900.
See it if you want a play that has some heavy ideals, but still has some light moments. Basically, if you like "regular" plays, you should like it.
Don't see it if you are tired (the person next to me fell asleep...1st row...oy) or want a more modern comedy or musical. Light fluff, it is not.
See it if You enjoy old fashioned English morality plays dealing with hard to relate to issues.
Don't see it if You are not interested in a period curiosity that is really a very slight play.
See it if you like expertly acted period pieces even if themes are extremely outdated, but relevant to how much one will stick to one's convictions.
Don't see it if you only like contemporary settings and are unable to connect to old-fashioned ideas.