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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
See it if You like Irish playwrights and themes, enjoy one acts and light Chekhovian sketches of characters and ensemble acting.in obscure material.
Don't see it if You want sustained narrative or complete plays as opposed to character sketches.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!)
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.
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