Thursday, October 22, 2020

Watch a GREAT Streaming Show for free from The Mint Theater

 I reviewed Conflict when it was out two years ago. It is being broadcast for free for two weeks at The Mint Site. the password to watch is "vote!" Here is the first 2 paragraphs of my review...

Conflict Points a Way Forward

The Mint Theater team somehow seems to find perfect shows for our time by scrounging around old and forgotten pieces of theater. Conflict is no exception, in fact, it might be one of the Mint’s best shows. Even with the Mint’s transformative eye to detail and period, it doesn’t take long for Conflict to register with our current political situation. 

Conflict is a love story layered onto a discussion about politics and class (this is a British play, after all), all of this played out during an election. The handsome young Conservative in this soon to be triangle is Major Sir Ronald Clive (Henry Clarke). The young woman who is the object of his affections is Lady Dare (Jessie Shelton). The Labour candidate is an old friend of Clive’s, Tom Smith (Jeremy Beck). 

Jeremy Beck, Jessie Shelton and Henry Clarke

I do love this show, and the playwright Miles Malleson.

About Miles. He was an early 20th century writer and actor specializing in befuddled middle aged men on screen. But, on a personal level, he was quite the Bohemian. He was married 3 times, two of them seemed to overlap. He and his wives were often in a monogamous relationships. His second wife, in particular, was a super intelligent woman who advocated for birth control long before it was fashionable (or available at all).

So his shows, set in England in the 30s and 40s, often contained unique and surprising viewpoints on marriage and female sexual desire - viewpoints that are still pretty progressive.

In Conflict, one of my favorite Mint Actors, Jeremy Beck, is a key player. I have reviewed him often in both Mint Productions and other productions.

Take two hours (and it has a well timed break) and watch Conflict. Filmed productions can be a little static without the stage, but it is the best we can do right now.

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