First Nighter: Shelagh Delaney's "A Taste of Honey" Tastily Revived
Huffington Post - 5 months
Man-About-New-York-Theater Austin Pendleton opened his classy Mint Theater revival of N. C. Hunter's 1953 A Day by the Sea only three week's ago, and here he is with his stylish take on Shelagh Delaney's 1958 A Taste of Honey, at the Pearl Theatre Co. Don't waste time asking how the polymath doe it--he directs, acts, writes, teaches. Just be grateful that he does. And certainly don't ask when he sleeps. Perhaps he doesn't.
An intriguing take on these revivals is that they're both English plays of the 1950s, but there's a chasm between them--a chasm that Pendleton vaults with no problem whatsoever.
Hunter, now close to forgotten (which makes him of immediate interest to Mint artistic director Jonathan Bank), was lauded in his time as one of the Terence Rattigan-like playwrights of the period. But Rattigan, Hunter and similar masters of the well-made play were tossed away as so many babies with the bath water when, in 1956, John Osborne's Look Back in Anger opened at the Royal
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