The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Mint Theater Company presents two very special short (and sweet) plays by J. M. Barrie: The Old Lady Shows Her Medals and The New Word, under the collective title Echoes of the War. Eleanor Reissa, a Tony® Award nominee for her direction of the musical Those Were The Days, directs.
The Old Lady Shows Her Medals features two-time Tony® Award-winner Frances Sternhagen in the title role. The play is a sparkling gem considered to be one of the finest examples of a one-act play ever written. It explores with good humor what happens when a lady who lies to 'keep up with the Joneses' has to face the consequences of her bragging.
The New Word stars Tony® Award-winner Richard Easton. Alexander Woollcott described the play in 1917 as "a perfect thing written by a master craftsman. You witness it with such a persistent lump in your throat that you are unlikely to notice with what canny and thrifty skill, with what consummate art it has been written. It watches an English father trying for once in his life and for just one farewell hour to break through the embarrassed and ancient British reserve between himself and his son, determined as he is, that the khaki-clad boy of 19 shall not get off to the trenches without his father finding words somewhere for the emotion with which his heart is charged and his lips are twitching."