Jonathan Bank's production does what we now expect Mint productions to do: It lays the play out cleanly, a distinct blessing in the case of a work this good. The acting, solidly competent, is rarely inspired; Bank's direction tends either to slide glossily over key points or to hammer them home. Rosie Benton, as the most matronly of James's adorers, Jon Fletcher as his idolizer, and Aidan Redmond as the helpful fellow who talks of knowing "the right time" for everything, but whose advice invariably chimes in at the wrong time, each manage to make a few such moments tell without any hammering.

Janie Brookshire and Shawn Fagan try to hash it out.
Carol Rosegg
Janie Brookshire and Shawn Fagan try to hash it out.

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Wife to James Whelan
By Teresa Deevy
Mint Theater
311 West 43rd Street
212-315-0231

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