The Mint Theatre: Jules Romains’ “Donagoo”–An Imaginary City in an Imaginative Production

In a tiny little theater on West 43rd Street, up two long flights of stairs (or via one of two interminable elevators) lives the Off-Broadway Mint Theater, which exists to “excavate buried theatrical treasures,” often by well-known but, today, rarely produced playwrights, such as Jules Romains. His 1920 play, Donagoo,tells the story in 23 short…

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder With an Affectionate Look Back at Kind Hearts and Coronets

Those of us who treasure the immortal Alec Guinness’ multiple roles in “Kind Hearts and Coronets” and of course, the exquisite malice of the great Dennis Price, will want to see this musical version of the 1907 novel by Roy Harniman (NYTimes.com). If you are seeking a Broadway show with light-hearted music, clever lyrics and…

Lost Plays Found Here–the Mint Theater

If you enjoy a simple well-made play of the kind that used to be commonplace on Broadway, you will like going to the Mint Theater, which specializes in “excavating buried theatrical treasures.” On the third floor of an industrial building just west of Eighth Avenue,with the main floor in the process of being renovated, the…