Rutherford & Son OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • AP

  • SBW

  • TIME OUT

  • NY POST

Opening Night:
February 27, 2012
Closing:
April 8, 2012

Theater: Mint Theatre / 311 West 43rd Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Rutherford & Son, set in the industrial north of England, tells the story of a father determined to do whatever it takes to ensure the success and succession of the family glassworks, started by his own father, but now in danger of shattering. John Rutherford rules home and business with an iron fist, a tyrant who inspires fear in his workers and hatred in his grown children. Now rebellion is brewing. His eldest son, working in secret has discovered a process that could save the firm, cutting costs by one third--but he refuses to share it with his father unless he "gets his price."

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Rutherford & Son

    The Demanding Father and His Broken Children

    Rachel Saltz

    February 28, 2012: For the beaten-down souls in Githa Sowerby’s 1912 play, “Rutherford & Son,” the family drawing room might as well be a prison. “Don’t you see that life in this house is intolerable?” one of them asks, and we do. It’s as clear as grim day.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Rutherford & Son

    Strong personal tyranny in 'Rutherford & Son'

    Jennifer Farrar

    February 27, 2012: Stones are flying around the "glass house" as family members battle for freedom from a tight-fisted tyrant, in "Rutherford & Son," another rediscovered gem currently performing off-Broadway at The Mint Theater.

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  • SHOW BUSINESS WEEKLY REVIEW OF Rutherford & Son

    Rutherford & Son

    Iris Greenberger

    February 29, 2012: When Rutherford & Son premiered at London’s Royal Court in 1912, critics raved that such an astounding drama was the work of a first-time playwright, known only as K.G. Sowerby. When K.G. revealed herself to be Katherine Githa, the self-supporting 35-year-old author of children’s books, she quickly made headlines in the United Kingdom and the United States as a “young, pretty, fair-haired girl” for her “brilliant, brutal” drama.

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  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF Rutherford & Son

    Review: Rutherford & Son

    By Diane Snyder

    March 2, 2012: To disguise writer Githa Sowerby’s gender, the original 1912 program of Rutherford & Son credited it to K.G. Sowerby. Producers then felt that ticket buyers would be more receptive to the story of an overbearing glassworks manufacturer and his starved-for-approval adult children if they thought the author wore pants instead of petticoats. Whether women have achieved equality as dramatists is still hotly debated, but this sharp, sublime play absolutely merits revisiting.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF Rutherford & Son

    Fatherly pain in the glass

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    February 27, 2012: ‘Life in this house is intolerable,” someone moans in the terrific British family drama “Rutherford & Son,” now at the Mint.

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