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The Price of Thomas Scott

From 134 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Dated, Great staging, Entertaining

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (134)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Dated, Great staging, Entertaining
Avg Score

Slow, Dated, Great acting, Interesting

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.]

Also Kudos to Mint Theatre Co for finding another obscure play to introduce... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Surprising, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

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

Entertaining, Dated, Great staging, Surprise post ending, Great acting

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.

Good acting, Dated, but that is the point of reviving it

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

Dated, Disappointing, Slow

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.

Holds up incredibly well over time

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

Also I just saw a play yesterday that bothered me because it was so old and... Read more Read less

Offers a perfect feel of another era, Well-paced, Great staging, Asks some probing questions, Outdated yet still thought-provoking

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.

Also Elizabeth Baker’s 1913 The Price of Thomas Scott only had one initial ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Dated, Funny, Entertaining

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.

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

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

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.

Absorbing, Dated, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

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

Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking

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.

Also "A Man for All Seasons" is playing in another theater in the same comp... Read more Read less

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Dated, Confusing

See it if you like period pieces

Don't see it if want to be entertained and leave the theater feeling fulfilled

Also I love the notes that the Mint Theater includes in their playbill - bu... Read more Read less

Dated, Good acting, abrupt ending, Loved the hats

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

Great scott

See it if Mint fan who needs their periodic fix. Great company in a cozy and convenient theater.

Don't see it if Price is a mint at retail.

Also Geezer Theater. Average patron is around ancient. TS opens a series wi... Read more Read less

Unsatisfying, Tepid, Thought-provoking

See it if You like show that consider questions of conscience and morality

Don't see it if You like shows That don’t sacrifice character and drama for argument

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You enjoy family drama plays

Don't see it if You like musicals and comedies

Dated, Entertaining, Well produced, Odd, Well acted, for the most part

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.

Dated, Slow, Great acting

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:

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Delightful, Clever

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.

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you adore remounts of older outstanding plays

Don't see it if you dislike older plays

Dated, Enjoyable, Thought-provoking

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.

Interesting set, Good costumes, Dated, Disappointing

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.

Also This play would have been best left unrevived. The immoral dancing was... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Cliched, Good costumes, Dated

See it if You enjoy the story background in 19th century, the costumes, the settings and the small town feel.

Don't see it if You prefer more intense and thought provoking stories.

Also Although it was based on the culture and the social values in that era... Read more Read less

Dated, Great acting

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.

March 1st, 2019
“Baker’s drama is not very good...Under Bank’s sympathetic but listless direction, the show feels both overstuffed and undernourished...At a trim hour and a half the evening leaves little time for the characters to be fleshed out or the actors to truly shine. And while the show brings up tantaliz...
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February 20th, 2019
“The audience's temptation is to project the moral standards of our post-‘Footloose’ world onto Scott...But I'm willing to accept that we're supposed to sit a little longer with the question that Baker poses in her dialogue...Unfortunately, not much of that intellectual or emotional tension remai...
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March 3rd, 2019
"The finely-acted production is attractively designed for its Edwardian period by Vicki R. Davis and Hunter Kaczorowski, and though the two-act play has been trimmed to an intermission-less ninety minutes, The Mint's traditional style of presenting older works in their original context, barring c...
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February 20th, 2019
"A fascinating curio from another time, its revival here yet another feather in the Mint Theater Company's multi-feathered cap...The marvelous actor Donald Corren has wisely decided to play Thomas Scott not as a sour, dyspeptic prig...Corren is far too skillful and intelligent an actor to have fa...
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