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Final Follies

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Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing

About the show

A uniquely curated selection of three one-act plays by celebrated playwright A.R. Gurney. More…

The plays specifically chosen for this special engagement include: "The Love Course," an observation of the culminating meeting of an undergraduate romantic literature course, co-taught by two of academia’s most eccentric professors; "The Rape of Bunny Stuntz," an enigmatic story of an overburdened woman anxiously trying to keep her personal life from the throes of chaos while leading a rowdy community meeting; and the titular "Final Follies," the last chapter in Gurney’s oeuvre of short plays examining WASP life in America, about a forlorn Manhattanite searching for the key to adulthood in the most truly, and literally, adult place imaginable.


Member Reviews (168)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing
77
Avg Score

80
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Romantic, Edgy

See it if 3 satires full of little twists. Gurney punctures your expectations while tickling your funny bone. Romantic yearning triumphs.

Don't see it if You don’t want to go on a journey outside the cultural norm. The second play drags a bit, and wasn’t as funny as the first and third.

75
Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky, Resonant, Clever

See it if Despite crackerjack comedic actors (esp Aidem & Marek) aided by Saint's slick direction, these one-acts about WASP mores only shine dimly

Don't see it if The professionalism of the evening only heightens the feeling of this being sub-par Gurney All three playlets feel like stylish rough drafts

84
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of A R Gurney or just enjoy wonderful telling of stories. Very funny especially the first and last story. Very well cast.

Don't see it if you like serious drama.

Also The first play, Final Follies, which is Gurney's last play, is very am... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if three different one act plays - satirical looks at WASP culture, suburban pretenses & academia; strange scenarios but very funny

Don't see it if want plays that are more developed, have a problem with highly unlikely scenarios no matter how funny.

Also The ambiguous 'The Rape of Bunny Stuntz' was particularly strange but ... Read more Read less

88
I loved it!, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Spot on

See it if You're familiar with Gurney's work and enjoy his duels with WASP society. His humor is intelligent and sharp. His writing is insightful.

Don't see it if You do not want to think at a show or comedy. You have no clue about literature or WASP society that ruled America for years.

25
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you are a devout fan of anything playwright A. R. Gurney writes.

Don't see it if You are expecting the caliber of a play like his previously written works -Love Letters, The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, and Sylvia.

Also It was two and a half hours of my life that I will NEVER get back. Not... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Enjoyable

See it if you like cleaver one act plays. Two of the three plays are terrific, the one of them is a bit confusing. The third play has great acting.

Don't see it if you want a big show with a lot of action.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Good acting all around

See it if you want to see 3 short plays in one evening; you enjoy seeing the same actors in very different roles; you love A.R. Gurney's plays

Don't see it if you only enjoy musicals; you don't like Gurney's poking fun at the WASP culture

75
Entertaining, Funny

See it if A light three play comedy that is a pleasant night out in the village. Gurney has a way of presenting the shrinking wasp look at life.

Don't see it if An off broadway show that may not appeal to those that want a big show for their bucks.

72
Great acting, Slow, Funny

See it if you are a Gurney fan...

Don't see it if you don't like seeing 3 short plays in one sitting...

79
3 one act plays, Entertaining, Uneven, Funny, Quirky

See it if you want well acted Gurney plays. I liked the first and third, not the middle play as much.

Don't see it if you don't like Gurney, who pokes fun at WASP culture.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Varied, Serious at times, Well constructed

See it if You like initimate theater experiences that deal with a variety of topics that range from hilarious to very serious.

Don't see it if You want a big, dazzling, Broadway style show. Or if you don’t want to see a show that talks about rape.

65
Dated, Obvious, Overrated, Stiff

See it if you would like to see how wasp culture is portrayed? You enjoy a dramatic scene between literature professors.

Don't see it if Want something that feels new. It lacked depth. The 2nd one was boring. The first one was funny but not by the end. I liked the third one.

Also I wanted to see it to see his final work. I am glad I did. I feel like... Read more Read less

70
Dated, Banal, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if you care about old, white, WASPy dinosaur playwrights. You love Cherry Lane, light sit-com/rom-com, & want to go to Chumleys after

Don't see it if you crave new, relevant, modern, progressive dialogue in theatre. You are easily offended by gender norm stereotypes & rape ref

Also Act 1: Final Follies was unproduced before ARG's death, with good reas... Read more Read less

73
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like an evening of one acts which are quite humorous in places albeit a bit raunchy and while dealing with serious themes.

Don't see it if You want to immerse yourself in one play for the entire evening.

80
Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy some light, comedic, and funny storytelling, with a brief display of an actor in his underwear.

Don't see it if you do not like small productions with three short stories told in 2+ hours

68
Dated, Great acting, Great staging, Narrow

See it if you're a fan of Gurney and of the multi-mini-play format, you like seeing actors play very different roles.

Don't see it if you require updated innovation or grander productions in large venues

68
Dated, Funny, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like multiple stories, wrapped up in one. I found the staging and direction to be a little strange and I like that

Don't see it if you have no desire to see an all but dying American culture, or the patience to sit through the inevitable

69
Funny, Great acting, Banal

See it if you're okay with a sometimes funny but mostly not compelling script with talented actors.

Don't see it if you need something more than sentiment and big names.

50
Slow, Funny, Dated

See it if You want to commemorate all that A.R. Gurney brought to the stage over his long career.

Don't see it if You want to remember Mr. Gurney’s great work rather than 2 tepid one act plays and one interesting one.

81
Dated, Great acting, Indulgent, Great staging, Clever

See it if You love Gurney's writing and want to take a trip down memory lane.

Don't see it if You are looking for something that moves at a fast pace.

78
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if It's 3 1-acts. Amusing send up of WASP culture, acedemia, adultery. Great acting by 2 actresses in over the top monologues.

Don't see it if You prefer dark, dramatic plays rather than a light, gentle point of view.

28
Banal, Cliched, Dated

See it if You like stereotypes and "traditional" theater.

Don't see it if You are interested in theater that is relevant or questioning our world.

Also Honestly, I'm not sure why this play is being done. The storyline with... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if If you like edgy one act plays

Don't see it if If you don’t want to see sex related plays

82
Clever, Entertaining

See it if Final Follies was was very entertaining: it had upsetting moments and also very funny moments. It also touched on subjects that ring true.

Don't see it if Hmm, I think everyone would like it.


October 9th, 2018
“The three plays...allow Gurney fans a rare chance to compare the playwright at the beginning and the end of his career. They have been directed, broadly but affectionately...’Final Follies’, which was finished only weeks before his death...is a charming benediction and farewell to the caste whos...
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October 3rd, 2018
“’Final Follies’s' ap1peal is limited to those who enjoy watching male establishment types engage in vigorous back-slapping about questionable behavior...Saint plumps the program with two chestnuts from Gurney’s under-heralded salad days...Gurney makes the most of his deep knowledge of procedural...
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October 4th, 2018
"I must truthfully confess I found this compilation the second-rate output of a talented man on an off day with nothing better to do...A disappointing compromise, and not his finest work...The evening is a triptych of need, desire and stupidity that underscores the frustration of an author who un...
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October 2nd, 2018
“Served like a loosely themed sampler platter intended to add up to a meal. In terms of both quantity and quality of the performances, the evening is a perfectly satiating experience. Mustering an appetite for this kind of menu, however, is another matter...’The Love Course’ is by far the most en...
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