Mint to Tell The Truth About Blayds in March 2004

News   Mint to Tell The Truth About Blayds in March 2004
Off-Broadway's Mint Theatre Company, which helps keep once prominent theatre names like St. John Hankin and Harley Granville-Barker alive, will give A.A. Milne's New York career a boost this March when it stages his seldom seen The Truth About Blayds.

Artistic director Jonathan Bank will direct the piece, which will run March 2 to April 25.

During the 1921-22 Broadway season, Milne saw three of his shows open: The Great Broxopp, The Dover Road and The Truth About the Blayds (this, in addition to the still running Mr. Pim Passes By from the previous season). Blayds concerns a family which, for two generations, has dwelt in the shadow of Oliver Blayds, a revered poet. As Oliver knocks on death's door, he makes a confession that leaves his clan shocked and wondering.

The 1922 production was led by Leslie Howard. The play was briefly revived on Broadway in 1932, becoming Milne's last Broadway credit before his death in 1956.

The Mint had a distinct success with the similarly forgotten Mr. Pim Passes By in 1996. Last June, the company presented a benefit reading of A.A. Milne's adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

The Mint has spent most of 2003 hosting the two biggest hits in the troupe's history: Arthur Schnitzler's Far and Wide and D.H. Lawrence's The Daughter-in-Law.

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