The New Yorker
Behind the round spectacles and comically perched hat of the English character actor Miles Malleson churned the mind of an acute playwright and screenwriter. The Mint’s artistic director, Jonathan Bank, has uncovered this probing comedy of Malleson’s, from 1933, never before produced, and is directing its world première. At the center is a couple (Elisabeth Gray and Max von Essen) struggling to live up to their ideal conception of an open marriage. But the play also explores the complicated bonds between friends, between old lovers, between the pious and the irreligious, and between father and son. The splendid cast of five inhabits the characters with passion and grace. In bringing neglected works to light, the Mint performs a neat trick: modern audiences experience what it must have been like to see a play in another era, when careful listening was expected—and rewarded.