Terms of Endearment
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Terms of Endearment
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Terms of Endearment NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(86 Ratings)
Positive
61%
Mixed
34%
Negative
5%
Members say
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (86)

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268 Reviews | 36 Followers
100
Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Must see, Delightful

See it if you enjoy drama with a twist of humor and want to see an actress of film & movie fame

Don't see it if you don't enjoy movies brought to the stage. You don't want to see a show involving real life tragedies Read more

143 Reviews | 12 Followers
85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You loved the movie or Molly Ringwald. You don't mind deviation from screen to stage. Being up close and personal with the actors. Crying.

Don't see it if You don't want to cry. If you don't want an "epic" story played by five people. Suprizing acting on all fronts.

73 Reviews | 9 Followers
85
Absorbing, Edgy

See it if You appreciate fine acting even if the story line may bot be captivating

Don't see it if you are a fan of the big touristy type of shows

179 Reviews | 29 Followers
84
Absorbing, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Profound

See it if Absolutely terrific acting, directing, and score; a great mother and daughter story, the space made it intimate.

Don't see it if if you did not have a good realation with your mother, or if you do not like sentimental stories.

91 Reviews | 83 Followers
80
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of the movie. This is a scaled down version but includes all of the most memorable scenes/lines. Great job by Molly Ringwald.

Don't see it if you've never seen the movie.

502 Reviews | 67 Followers
80
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

439 Reviews | 79 Followers
79
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.

179 Reviews | 82 Followers
79
Great acting, Funny

See it if you're a Molly Ringwald fan...

Don't see it if you don't like sad stories... Read more

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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Deadline
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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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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Theatermania
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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BroadwayWorld
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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