Mint Hit Far and Wide to End Long Run on Nov. 23

News   Mint Hit Far and Wide to End Long Run on Nov. 23
The Mint Theatre Company will shut down the biggest hit in its history, Arthur Schnitzler's Far and Wide (Das weite Land), on Nov. 23, after a run of more than 100 performances.

The announcement comes shortly after the Mint's closing of another extended audience pleaser, D.H. Lawrence's The Daughter-in-Law, which gave its last performance on Oct. 26.

During much of the fall, the troupe was blessed with both successes simultaneously. The Lawrence opened on June 7 in the theatre's fifth floor space at 311 W. 43rd Street. The Schnitzler, meanwhile, was a hit when it bowed last January—so much so that the Mint brought it back for a Sept. 10-Oct. 26 return engagement, lodging it in the building's third floor theatre—usually home to The Directors Company.

Far and Wide soon graduated to an open run. However, the extension necessitated the closing of Daughter-in Law, since The Directors Company needed its third floor digs back for an upcoming production of Joyce Carol Oates' Bad Girls. Far and Wide moved two floors up, from the third to the fifth floor, while the Lawrence play moved out permanently.

Far and Wide (Das weite Land) was produced all over Europe when it debuted in 1911, though the play has never been seen in New York City. The story is a satirical look at Viennese society. At the center is the couple of Freidrich and Genia — she devoted to her husband, he a philanderer. Their conflict leads to the death of another man.

Mint artistic director Jonathan Bank has adapted the work and directs. Tickets for Far and Wide are $45. For information call (212) 315 0231.

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