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The Suitcase Under the Bed

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Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Dated, Absorbing, Great writing

About the show

The Mint Theater Company presents four short plays (including three world premieres) by late Irish dramatist Teresa Deevy. More…

Although Deevy is now recognized as a significant Irish playwright, her work was neglected for decades. Six of her plays were produced by the Abbey Theatre between 1930 and 1936, and then Deevy's theater career effectively ended. 'The Suitcase Under the Bed' is named for the place where all of her writing was stored for decades, prior to the launch of the Mint's 'Deevy Project.' Another name for this evening of playlets might be 'Three Proposals and a Break-up,' as these shorts cast an unsentimental eye on the idea of marriage.

Member Reviews (138)


Great acting, Entertaining, Dated, Absorbing, Great writing
Avg Score

Great acting, Absorbing, Dated, Quirky

See it if you like short plays with interesting characters in various unusual situations and relationships.

Don't see it if you prefer a well developed story with characters who you come to know slowly throughout the show.

Mixed, four short plays

See it if You like short plays. Two out of four are good (the first two). Well staged, interesting, thought provoking. The Mint always does well.

Don't see it if If you want one story.

Also Support The Mint. They produce forgotten plays that are worth reviving... Read more Read less

Great acting, Charming, well written, enjoyable

See it if you want to see world premiers of short stories by the forgotten playwright Teresa Deevy about the positive and negative effects of love.

Don't see it if you don't like multi short plays performed in one evening about love as told through the eyes of a 1930's Irish woman's prospective.

Gentile, Chariming, Subtle

See it if you like very old plays re-staged. Four short plays portray life in a bygone era. Very good acting a plus.

Don't see it if don't like subtle love stories.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of the unexpected twist> The mint's selection of plays, as always, is right on the mark. Love it

Don't see it if you aren't interested by at least one of the following topics: love; relationships; Irish culture; old plays; Mint productions

Dated, Fluffy, Slow

See it if you care to see the forgotten works of a 20th century female Irish playwright.

Don't see it if you're impatient or easily bored.

Absorbing, Great acting, Sleepy, Lovely, Quaint

See it if you enjoy slow moving cryptic interesting shorts

Don't see it if you want your questions answered or are looking for resolution

Ambitious, Banal, Dated

See it if You have a fondness for Irish drama and want to discover an almost unremembered dramatist

Don't see it if If you expect any of the four plays to be more than character sketches

Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy short stories.

Don't see it if You prefer a cohesive play.

Delightful, Dated, Funny, Great writing

See it if You enjoy one-act plays and exploring works of little-known playwrights.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy period pieces or Irish humor.

Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if would have liked longer versions of each play.

Don't see it if you don't like irish plays

Mixed bag. unfinished. quirky. good acting. worth seeing.

See it if You are interested in Deevy's work and the Mint Theatre's mission. You want to see some good performances by actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You want satisfying, complete plays, all of which work.

Also I am a fan of the Mint's mission. I know Deevy is one of their major r... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you like to explore the lost plays of the past; generally if you like shows at the Mint you will probably be interested in anything they do

Don't see it if you need all the acting to reach the same level; or if you only want to see revivals of masterpieces

Also Not all of the performances were up to the quality I'm used to here; s... Read more Read less

Dated, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you can look beyond the amateur feel of this, the accents, the wigs, the stories...

Don't see it if you want a witty, moving Irish play. These short plays are slow and boring. Way too much standing and staring, didn't seem real at all

Also I think there was a reason these were in a suitcase under a bed.

Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You like Irish playwrights and themes, enjoy one acts and light Chekhovian sketches of characters and ensemble obscure material.

Don't see it if You want sustained narrative or complete plays as opposed to character sketches.

Quirky, Great writing, Funny, Clever, Dated

See it if You are in the mod for short pieces that are both funny and sad, you are keen on seeing little hidden gems, you like to see the woman's POV

Don't see it if You like only contemporary works and themes, you prefer a single story line in your evening of theater

Also So typical of Irish playwrights, these 4 one-act plays are funny and s... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy great acting, and period dramas... an evening of subtle beauty.

Don't see it if you can't appreciate a world that moved on a much slower pace.

Ambitious, Worthwhile, Interesting, Slight, Insightful

See it if You like obscure plays that you have never seen a production of, and probably won't have another opportunity to do so.

Don't see it if You like earth-shaking theatre rather than quiet and incisive theatre.

Great writing, Entertaining

See it if This was a great opportunity to see some never-seen works by a wonderful Irish playwright. The stories were completely absorbing.

Don't see it if You don't like short plays or stories with a focus on Irish life

Entertaining, Great staging, Dated

See it if You enjoy seeing productions of seldom-seen works that have fallen into obscurity but deserve to be better known.

Don't see it if You have low tolerance for shows that are slightly dated

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You are excited about the discovery of a "lost" playwright. If you are a fan of Chekhov, Ireland & intimate, funny, heart-breaking moments.

Don't see it if You are expecting "Cats". Or if you have a TV attention span. (though, these are 4 1-act plays, so something new every 1/2 hour!)

Also The actors really get to shine here and show their versatility, since ... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Indulgent, Dated

See it if you love old-fashioned, dated theater. Want to see something with a box set at a community theater level.

Don't see it if you want to see something interesting, daring or thought provoking.

Also I was so hopeful that I would love this. From all the marketing materi... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Romantic

See it if You enjoy Irish plays, short plays and ensemble acting.

Don't see it if You don't like revivals of old plays, or period dramas.

Also This is my introduction to Theresa Deevy and the Mint Theater. The fou... Read more Read less

Clever, Nostalgic, Great realism, Substantial, Entertaining

See it if If you like stories linked to the same theme, playing different characters at different times. Someone is coming, leaving and moving.

Don't see it if You don't like the period dramas.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like great acting, sets etc by the ever reliable Mint Theater This was our 2nd viewing and we liked it even more.

Don't see it if you only like full length plays. Each of the 4 are well done but do not match the writer's other 3 full length works done by the Mint

August 25th, 2017
'Birth' is perhaps more benign to its protagonist than any of the evening’s other plays, and given Adair’s sensible yet magnetic Sara, it seems only fair...In ‘Holiday House,’ the open-ended conclusion is unsettling...Deaver, impressive in her previous roles of the evening, soars in ‘King of Spai...
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August 24th, 2017
"Director Jonathan Bank and his company shine in the collection’s dramatic installments...But the pace falters in 'Strange Birth,' a sweet but slight rom-com, and 'Holiday House,' a Noël Coward–esque comedy that droops where it should skip. In the Mint’s production, Deevy’s work feels old-fashion...
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August 24th, 2017
"While Bank didn't strike gold for the Mint with this particular discovery, there are some definite moments of luster...The first two pieces are charming, sentimental, and just a bit boring in that way mediocre Irish plays tend to be...'Holiday House' sparkles with wit and intrigue...'King of Spa...
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September 3rd, 2017
“The evening starts strong, thanks to the spunky and endearing performance of Ellen Adair as Sara Meade, the central character of ‘Strange Birth’…As a collection, the plays of ‘The Suitcase Under the Bed’ reveals a community of stories that hide beneath the unremarkable façade of everyday life. T...
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