13 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 70.
The New York Times
"The revival is most notable for its lucidity. It’s a gentle production that lets Gurney speak for himself, without flashy interpretive obstructions...I came away from this production with new respect for 'Later Life'...This production doesn’t ultimately provide the emotional payoff we were hoping for, but it reminds us of what a craftsman Gurney was, and how many rueful shades of warmth he could find in frozen lives."
"Under Jonathan Silverstein's direction, 'Later Life' looks terrific but ultimately has the emotional excitement of a game of solitaire....These two characters could have been enough for a solid two-hander if Gurney had spent more time unpacking their lives, fears, and hidden desires, but instead he chose to include several other characters who act as cartoonish foils to Austin...That's not to say that director Silverstein hasn't inflated the tires of this 80-minute one-act as much as he could."
Lighting & Sound America
"It's a cool, expertly mixed cocktail, spiked with an extra dose of bitters, and surely only Gurney could have pulled it off...Jonathan Silverstein's direction finds a nearly ideal balance...Without deft direction and sensitive performances, 'Later Life' could break into two very different parts, but, thanks to Silverstein and his cast, the scenes featuring Craig and Markell, in addition to providing a comic countermelody to the central characters' melancholic waltz, make an essential point."
“Later Life” was also reviewed by Ron Fassler 8075 of Theater Pizzazz, Diana Mott of ZEALnyc, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Ron Cohen of TheaterScene.com, Paulanne Simmons of Theater Life, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Stanford Friedman of Front Row Center, Linda Buchwald of Theatre is Easy, Mark Dundas Wood of Stage Buddy, and Marc Miller of Talkin' Broadway.
The show was also reviewed by 50 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 73.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Dated
See it if… You like character studies and don't require much of a plot.
Don't see it if… Darkness of individual characters disturb you or if you want something with an obvious conflict and plot.
Beth 629018, ShowScore: 79
See it if… You are a fan of A.R.Gurney. A short sweet play about how people basically do not change even when new alternatives are presented.
Don't see it if… If you prefer musicals or light dramas.
See it if…"You like Gurney's stage milieu: the dying breed of New England WASP whose most salient emotion is quiet regret over what might have been."
Don't see it if… "Problems of privileged, white urbanites don't engage you; stereotypes put you off: though amusingly satirized by good actors."
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