Having struck theatrical gold with THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE in 1999, Mint Theater revisited Harley Granville-Barker with a world premiere of his 1916 one-act comedy, A FAREWELL TO THE THEATRE. “Although it’s taken 84 years to mount this subtle work, the Mint has made it worth the wait” wrote Jason Zinoman in Time Out New York. Critics and audiences were enchanted by the play, which, as per Zinoman’s elegant summation, tells “an intimate and emotionally nuanced story about the unrequited love between a fading grande dame and her sad-eyed lawyer.”1

Mint paired the play with another theatrically-themed one-act from 1916, George Kelly’s THE FLATTERING WORD, a sly satire about a stage-hating reverend who harbors a secret ambition of treading the boards himself. Together, these elegant plays added up to one “stimulating and absorbing evening “2 of theater.

“A theatrical gem of rarest value,” praised the Irish Echo of A FAREWELL TO THE THEATER and THE FLATTERING WORD. “They pair so well together that it’s amazing that there seems to be no record of them having been done in New York before, either together or separately.”3


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  • Dorothy Sally Kemp
  • Edward George Morfogen
  • Clerk Michael Stebbins


  • Lena Sara Barnett
  • Eugene Tesh Allyn Burrows
  • Mary Rigley Sioux Madden
  • Rev. Loring Rigley Michael Stebbins
  • Mrs. Zooker Colleen Smith Wallnau
  • Mrs. Fox Sally Kemp


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  • Lighting Design William Armstrong
  • Costume Design Henry Shaffer
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