What The Public Wants OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
January 27, 2011
Closing:
March 13, 2011

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

Synopsis: 

What The Public Wants is Arnold Bennett's sly satire on tabloid journalism -- a lively look at life behind the headlines and proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This clever 1909 comedy charts the efforts of media mogul Sir Charles Worgan to boost circulation as well as his social standing. He owns forty different publications and claims to have "revolutionized journalism." He employs over a thousand people and is worth millions -- and yet Worgan wants more -- he wants respect from the "superior people" who look down their noses at him. But is he willing to pay the price?

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF What The Public Wants

    Vintage Comedy Recounts Old-New Tale of Journalism

    Jason Zinoman

    January 30, 2011: If there’s one thing you learn by going regularly to the Mint Theater, which specializes in forgotten dramas, it’s that the world has changed less than you think.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF What The Public Wants

    Tabloid tycoon's tale back by popular demand

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    January 27, 2011: The key character in "What the Public Wants" is a driven media tycoon who reaches millions via dozens of publications. Through them, he seeks to entertain the many and influence the mighty.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF What The Public Wants

    Satire of Journalism in 'What The Public Wants'

    Jennifer Farrar

    January 27, 2011: For those not acquainted with the phrase "yellow journalism," it refers to sensationalizing the news with overly dramatic headlines intended to grab readers and sell the most papers. That's the subject of "What The Public Wants," a comedy by Arnold Bennett that satirizes tabloid journalism in 1906 London. The play opened Thursday night at the Mint Theater in a witty, well-acted production; director Matthew Arbour is faithful to the original material, which is clever and surprisingly contemporary more than a hundred years after Bennett wrote it.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF What The Public Wants

    What The Public Wants

    David Finkle

    January 31, 2011: Jonathan Bank has given a foster home to Arnold Bennett's 1909 play What the Public Wants at the Mint Theatre. And as directed superbly by Matthew Arbour and designed by Roger Hanna, what a welcome new resident it is as it goes about skewering a publishing mogul who may put today's audiences in mind of someone like Rupert Murdoch.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF What The Public Wants

    What The Public Wants

    Erik Haagensen

    January 27, 2011: According to a press release, Arnold Bennett's 1909 comedy about London tabloid journalism, though obscure here in America, has been revived numerous times in England, always to huzzahs for how topical it remains. Alas, Mint Theater Company's strained production reveals just the opposite. Time has long since passed by this artificial broadside against the evils of indulging the people's "low" taste. Indeed, in the age of the Internet, when the public can self-satisfy its hungers through tweets, blogs, videos, and chat rooms, "What the Public Wants" seems positively irrelevant.

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