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Terms of Endearment

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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. More…

'Terms of Endearment' traces the complicated relationship between a challenging mother, Aurora Greenway (Ringwald), and her equally stubborn daughter, Emma. A funny and heartbreaking story about love in the face of life's challenges, both large and small, this show examines the delicate and sometimes fractured bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and lovers, both new and old.

Member Reviews (86)


Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Absorbing
Avg Score

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.

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

Also The performances were wildly different.... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also I was a fan of Molly Ringwald in her heyday and expected to find this ... Read more Read less

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.

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.


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.

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

Also This was, by far, the best show I've seen this year on or off Broadway... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Romantic, Funny

See it if You liked the movie, you like tear jerkers. I thouoght Molly Ringwald was great in the Shirley McLaine role and Jeb Brown was great in the

Don't see it if Jack Nicholson role. The play was more about them than the daughter. I saw many people with tissues crying.

Also Other than the 2 main roles, the other characters were not fleshed out... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Humorous, Unoriginal, Intelligent, Retro

See it if you were a fan of Molly Ringwald or the movie, Terms of Endearment. If you like emotional stories regarding mother-daughter relationships

Don't see it if you are expecting anything new of a play based on a famous movie. If you like big extravaganzas instead of intimate plays.

Also Molly Ringwald in Terms of Endearment was entertaining, but not blow-a... Read more Read less

Parallels plot of the movie by the same title

See it if If you are curious to see a live staged version of the movie & retain your worship of Molly Ringwald from the 1980's John Hughes movie era

Don't see it if You expect to be as moved by the sadder plot elements and heartwrenching performances as those in the movie version.. does not translate.


See it if Your a fan of Molly Ringwald. She does a fine job as Aurora Greenway.

Don't see it if The film opened the story up more, which made for a better story. The play seemed to condensed and rushed from scene to scene.

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.

Great acting, Funny

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

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

Also The acting was good, IMHO...

Intelligent, Relevant, Insipid, Banal, Cliched

See it if you like typical 59 east 59th Street - interesting but missing pazaaz

Don't see it if you aren't patient and into coasting through the moments.

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.

Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if if you are a fan of the movie and molly ringwald. if you like mother/daughter stories.

Don't see it if you are not into female based stories.

Raunchy, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Really loved the movie and want to see a pretty good interpretation of it. The actor who plays the Jack Nicholson character is hysterical.

Don't see it if Did not enjoy and movie and do not like shows with sad endings.

Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Relevant, Must see

See it if You enjoy dramatic presentation of classic movies. See it if you can grasp Molly Ringwald as a grandmother. Hannah Dunne is upcoming star

Don't see it if You have the mindset that Molly Ringwald is only a sweet sixteen year old coming of age.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Nice try

See it if you liked the movie and are curious to see it staged. Doesn't quite make it. The acting is good and for the stage size, the set works.

Don't see it if you want to be disappointed that the emotions of the movie do not carry through this stage version.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like stories about mothers and daughters. The actors were great and molly ringwald did an amazing job making Auroura her own.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about a mother losing a daughter to cancer...Hope that was not a spoiler alert.

Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Flat,

See it if you've never seen the movie and want to know the story

Don't see it if you have other choices

Also the humor and acting were flat, perhaps the beset was the guy trying t... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see Molly Ringwald up close in a small theater. She does a solid acting job. Entertaining 2 hrs but cant compare to movie

Don't see it if You loved the movie & expect the same depth. Seemed abbreviated. Hard to recreate story that was told so well on screen.

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.

Clever, Dated, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want to see your favorite actors up close, you like family dramas, you don't have expectations of how the story should be presented

Don't see it if You have certain expectations especially after being a fan of the movie

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 Auror...
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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 Ringwa...
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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 reinterpretat...
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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 ...
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