Terms of Endearment
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Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment NYC Reviews and Tickets

(86 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Absorbing

About the Show

Molly Ringwald stars in a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie. 59E59's production is the US debut of this play based on both Larry McMurtry's novel and James L. Brooks' screenplay.

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1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
Disappointing, Stiff, Unemotional

See it if you feel like you have to (like I did)... but try to resist. I'm not sure if they're bad actors or were directed poorly, but it's bad.

Don't see it if ...just don't see it.

426 Reviews | 99 Followers
Saw it back to back very different experiences

See it if you haven't seen the film.

Don't see it if you have seen the film---they did it better Read more

414 Reviews | 59 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Nostalgic

See it if you are interested in drama that explores intense family issues.

Don't see it if you saw the movie and will be distracted by the differences. Read more

404 Reviews | 76 Followers
Funny, touching, good acting

See it if you liked the movie. Molly Ringwald terrific as is her costar who plays the Jack Nicholson role with charm, warmth and humor. Sweet play.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a second act of a dying woman writing to her children. A bit long. But overall, worthwhile.

292 Reviews | 60 Followers
Enjoyable, fun, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a copy of the original movie performed on stage in a scaled down version with not the punch of the movie.

Don't see it if the movie is a favorite and you don't want to make comparisons and be disappointed.

264 Reviews | 42 Followers

See it if you like family dramas. Engaging to watch with very good acting. Last half act a bit too melodramatic for me.

Don't see it if you don't like sentimental endings to plays.

255 Reviews | 80 Followers
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Cliched, Banal

See it if To see Molly Ringwald do her best at recreating a role made famous by Shirley MacLaine. You go with the expectation of setting the bar low.

Don't see it if You are better off saving the money and renting the film. I only lasted till intermission and decided that I'd had enough. It was so stale.

248 Reviews | 65 Followers
Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You LOVED the movie, and want to see it rehashed, with lesser performances, and choppy blocking and staging.

Don't see it if You really want to like it. I really wanted to like it. It seemed like the actors watched the movie and just mimicked what they saw.

Critic Reviews (31)

The New York Times
November 17th, 2016

"The stage version, directed by Michael Parva, is largely pedestrian. Whereas the movie jerked tears and evoked laughs, too, the stage adaptation more often evokes yawns...Ms. Ringwald, in long red curls, gives a satisfactory if perhaps insufficiently feisty performance as the self-involved Aurora..The film performances were indelible, and the ghosts of them inevitably hover over the production like a dampening shroud."
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Time Out New York
November 16th, 2016

"Aurora is an irresistible conundrum: by turns haughty, caustic, tender and raw. The role, firmly embedded in popular memory by Shirley MacLaine’s film turn, is an actor’s dream…except that yet another iteration, even a live one, raises the question: Why try to improve on perfection? Molly Ringwald does not succeed in doing so. Limited in affect, she is also not well served by Gordon’s CliffsNotes script, which has reduced the screenplay to brief, talky, faux-cinematic scenes."
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 16th, 2016

"Other than to capitalize on the famous title, this cynical exercise has little reason for being…The play dutifully recreates the key dramatic and comic moments of the movie beat for beat, making it feel somewhat like a theatrical CliffsNotes…Without any kind of fresh perspective or reinterpretation of the iconic source material, 'Terms of Endearment' mostly feels like one of the endless knockoffs of popular movies and old TV shows currently littering our television screens."
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November 16th, 2016

"The script is a disaster twice removed from the novel...Perfunctorily staged by Michael Parva on a barebones set by David L. Arsenault, the show’s emotional landscape is as flat as east Texas. That leaves the stars adrift, struggling to make a meal of slim pickings…The show’s sole spark of life comes from the Garret Breedlove of Jeb Brown…It’s a refreshingly ribald intrusion on an otherwise straitlaced and mostly painful two hours."
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New York Daily News
November 17th, 2016

"This iconic story is chockablock with themes that can grab you. And they did in the 1983 film...Theater audiences deserve better than a screenplay-tracing script and blah no-frills staging. Molly Ringwald, now 48, could use more shading as Aurora. Hannah Dunne is quietly persuasive as the doomed doormat Emma. Rent the movie."
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November 16th, 2016

"Gordon has neither opened up the source material for the theatrical medium, nor managed to prove why the work needs to exist in play form. There's a laziness that exists throughout as Gordon ultimately creates a crib sheet edition of ‘Terms of Endearment,’ hitting all of the original plot points and using a significant chunk of Brooks' dialogue, but not in service of saying anything new…While this production provokes the occasional chuckle, it doesn't implore us to cry or care."
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November 18th, 2016

"The direction by Michael Parva is absolutely superb. With a stellar cast, it is a must-see production. 'Terms of Endearment' is an enthralling, realistic portrayal of humankind with all of its affection, humor and conflict...Bravo to the remarkable cast. Even if you are familiar with the story of 'Terms of Endearment,' you will be fascinated by this company's passionate and compelling performances...This charming yet heartrending story is one to cherish this holiday season."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 22nd, 2016

"Little more than a scrapbook of scenes from a beloved film...Very few, if any, scenes end with any kind of a 'button' or climax; more often than not, they simply trail off. You can get away with this in a film, through artful editing; onstage, it is living death...What works in the film is often painfully limp here, thanks to the disjointed structure, the aimless pacing of Michael Parva's direction, and the fact that Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, and Debra Winger are missing in action."
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