“But a more memorable indicator of the play’s unsettled spirit is the urgent plea in the eyes of Mary Bacon, who portrays the frazzled central character, a Londoner trying to maintain her equilibrium as the pressures of life keep knocking her back on her modest, professional heels. Glimmering in those brown depths are innumerable shades of anxiety, sadness and frustration that belie the surface competence of this tightly wound woman juggling family, career and social life with aplomb.”
CHARLES ISHERWOOD, NY TIMES CRITIC'S PICK, HAPPY NOW?
"But there’s absolutely no grandstanding in director Jenn Thompson’s beautifully composed ensemble piece. Individually, the performances are distinctive, but the collective work of the company is even more impressive…Bacon, in particular, seems to take great pleasure in the cynical wisdom of the pessimistic Miss Strong, who makes Miss Wade’s optimism seem absurdly naive. While the idealistic Miss Wade may be the ostensible heroine of this piece, only Miss Strong gets great lines on the order of: 'I like naughty children. They’re so much more alive.'"
WOMEN WITHOUT MEN, THE MINT - VARIETY
“Mary Bacon’s performance as Alma Winemiller, the minister’s daughter with a soul fit to burst, rivals anything I saw this season for complexity, delicacy and lucid truth. Ms. Bacon, above with Todd Gearhart, traces in courageously strong colors Alma’s anxious, throbbing intensity, exemplified by the dramatic engagement in her hobby, singing, that so mortifies her father. And Williams’s compassion for Alma’s restless spirit, yearning for a means of expression, is rendered by Ms. Bacon with inexpressibly moving
CHARLES ISHERWOOD, NY TIMES CRITIC'S PICK