WOMEN WITHOUT MEN
BY HAZEL ELLIS
MINT THEATER COMPANY
BEST PLAY REVIVAL
FIVE 2016 NOMINATIONS
BEST PLAY REVIVAL
"An OVERLOOKED GEM...An EXCELLENT PRODUCTION. There's absolutely no grandstanding in
director Jenn Thompson’s BEAUTIFULLY COMPOSED ensemble piece. Individually, the performances are distinctive, but the collective work of the company is even more impressive."
"SMART, INSIGHTFUL, even SYMPATHETIC, Ellis' tight work is BEAUTIFULLY REALIZED in the current revival...Women Without Men bristles with emotional ferocity, as director Jenn Thompson calibrates the tension with precision."
- Huffington Post
"SKILLFULL....EXPERT in depicting the minutiae of relations among the women, the use of pet names without pet feelings, the flimsy loyalties and simmering jealousies."
- The New York Times
"IMPRESSIVE...VERY SUCCESSFUL...The Mint’s uniformly fine players, directed by Jenn Thompson, get to sink their teeth into a range of juicy character roles."
- The New Yorker
"EXCEPTIONAL...SUPERB...Jenn Thompson's direction of the play could not be improved upon... Every last woman (or girl) on stage gives a stellar performance in every way."
- Talkin' Broadway
"FASCINATING... Women Without Men receives a SPLENDID MINT MOUNTING!
An EXEMPLARY ensemble plays out Ellis' sharp and clever dialogue without the benefit of a modern eye and the reality that this imperfect situation was often the only alternative to marriage adds a dark texture to highly-polished proceedings."
- Broadway World
"Director, Jenn Thompson, has crafted a MAGNIFICENTLY SENSITIVE and honest production.
Her artful and intelligent hand is evident in the EXQUISITE performances, EXCRUTIATINGLY
BRILLIANT TENSION development and the overall creation of UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS OF HUMAN FRAILTY. The entire piece galloped at an elegant pace and kept me entranced throughout. I loved every minute of this volatile, heart breaking, exasperating, poignant and lucent production."
- NY Theatre Guide
"REMARKABLE...A VERY ENTERTAINING and THOUGHTFUL PRODUCTION! All the elements
succeed on a high level. Individual performances are top-drawer, resulting in EXCELLENT ENSEMBLE playing, UNDER THE SENSITIVE HAND OF DIRECTOR JENN THOMPSON."
- Epoch Times
"SPECTACULAR..SUBLIME...Spot-on direction by Jenn Thompson. This play and this production is smart, clever and will keep you on your toes...A wonderful afternoon in the theatre."
- Times Square Chronicles
"MARVELOUS...A HIDDEN TREASURE CHEST OF TALENT...Impeccably designed under
Jenn Thompson’s beautifully orchestrated direction."
- DC Theatre Metro Arts
"A SHARPLY OBSERVANT comedy-drama filled with crackling ironies, a craftily worked-out mystery, and an astringently unsentimental point of view. Jenn Thompson's METICULOUS production is anchored by EXCEPTIONALLY FINE performances."
- Lighting and Sound America
"MARVELOUS...EXQUISITE! Thanks to Jenn Thompson's SUPERB PRODUCTION
...there’s a major rediscovery at the Mint Theater Company."
- Felichia on Friday
"REMARKABLE...CAREFULLY CRAFTED...Hazel Ellis has masterfully captured human nature
and the petty grievances that can so often prevent us from real connection. Thankfully, director
Jenn Thompson understands them too. She has assembled a whip-smart and talented cast that knows how to deliver the goods; goods that might have been delivered years ago, but which the Mint Theater is now reviving with vitality and zest."
- Manhattan Digest
"SMART, COMPELLING ENTERTAINMENT! Director Jenn Thompson helps her actresses develop distinguishing personality traits. Everything unfolds in its own, realistic, well paced time allowing for thinking and reaction. The stage is used with logic and variation. During this production, one is completely unaware of the theater in which we sit."
- Women Around Town
"Ellis knows how to fashion a well-made play. THE COMPANY PLAYS IT BRILLIANTLY: Under Jenn Thompson’s SURE DIRECTION, each actor gets to shine."
"FASCINATING...ACHINGLY HUMAN...Off-Broadway director Jenn Thompson makes the most of her fine cast, fast script and intimate setting...The six scenes are expertly paced, whether it’s two characters in heated discussion, or eight in a battle royale."
- Front Row Center
"ANOTHER TRIUMPH for The Mint! THOROUGHLY ENGAGING! The cast, under Jenn Thompson’s direction, is rock solid, and each of the actresses manages to create a distinct personality for her character."
"TERRIFIC...an EFFECTIVE ENSEMBLE. A quality production with a very convincing cast that makes the playwright’s character assortment come vividly alive under the sharp direction by Jenn Thompson."
- Wolf Entertainment Guide
"Surprisingly FRESH and MODERN. Swiftly and smartly directed by Jenn Thompson, Women Without Men moves quickly and never lags...Thompson understands Ellis’ script and has crafted a more than worthy production to showcase her writing, as well as the distinct talents of the cast."
- Theatre is Easy
"Ellis’ COMPASSIONATE, DETAILED writing overcomes the social limits of her era, offering three-dimensional pictures of people living one-dimensional lives. Jenn Thompson directs with a SURE HAND and the proficient cast is PERFECT down to the smallest roles."
- Cultural Weekly
"BEAUTIFULLY ACTED...a SUPERB production...a fine and compelling play."
- Let's Talk Off-Broadway
"EXCELLENT...A WONDERFUL PRODUCTION...clearly deserves a place in that panoply of Mint successes."
- A Seat on the Aisle
"A LOVELY PRODUCTION! What could be staid and stuffy – under the careful and illuminating guidance of Jenn Thompson isn’t. All the characters are brought to VIVID life."
- Oscar E. Moore
"ABSORBING...A WORTHY PIECE...Under Jenn Thompson’s nicely paced direction, a fine ensemble invests this conventional, well-made play—in which humor, suspense, conflict, and sentiment share the stage—with continuing interest. Hail to the Mint for Women Without Men!"
- Broadway Blog
"Ellis’ compassionate, detailed writing overcomes the social limits of her era, offering three-dimensional pictures of people living one-dimensional lives. Jenn Thompson directs with a sure hand and the proficient cast is PERFECT down to the smallest roles of three rebellious students."
- Theater Li