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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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Unnecessary, Pale by comparison, Game cast, Tough sell, Static

See it if You grew up on Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club + Sixteen Candles + want to see Molly Ringwald play a grandmother in an iconic film role.

Don't see it if You're a fan of the movie with it's Oscar winning roles and would rather not be thoroughly underwhelmed by this unnecessary stage treatment.

Also A static set does nothing to enhance this on-the-cheap production. Add... Read more Read less

Poor directing, Poor design, Decent performances, Slow

See it if you enjoy decent performances from competent actors in a predictable script.

Don't see it if you expect a good direction or design. Poor writing also plagues this production.

Dated, Slow

See it if You want to see Molly Ringwald looking great as a mature woman and trying her best to wrest this play from rigor mortis.

Don't see it if You liked the movie and expect anything close to the sparks delivered by Ms. MacLaine and Mr. Nicholson.

Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intense, Melodramatic

See it if you have never seen the movie and hence have no memories of those Academy-Award-winning performances. See it if you love Molly Ringwald.

Don't see it if overbearing mothers and difficult family relationships don't interest you, of if you are averse to discussions of terminal illness.

Also While many of my fellow theatergoers were moved to tears the night I s... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Overrated

See it if You enjoyed the movie and feel that you must see the play.

Don't see it if Don't see this if you prefer complex writing. This was simple.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you don't remember the film at all well, and are a rabid Molly Ringwald fan--or you enjoy analyzing what went wrong with a production

Don't see it if you remember the film, or you're looking for an entertaining way to spend your evening that doesn't involve analyzing production mistakes

Also This production is not only's the definition of "un... Read more Read less

During previews
Resonant, Dated, Flat, Good acting

See it if You want to see Molly Ringwald looking as great as ever; you don't mind a rather flat and uninspired redo of this well known show.

Don't see it if you area bit sleepy - this production was basically a yawn. The quirky astronaut played by Jeb Brown was the highlight of the show.

During previews
Good acting, Unimaginative set, No reason to be on stage, Can't compete with film, Unambitious

See it if you want to see Molly Ringwald doing the best she can with the material, like the old fashioned rom com thing, or want a "pleasant" evening

Don't see it if you liked the movie, expect more from your dramatic fare, or don't like comedies that try to turn tear jerker in the end

During previews
Nostalgic, Disappointing, Lame set, Predictably sad

See it if you're willing to put the amazing performances from the film out of your mind because you love the story so much.

Don't see it if you're expecting an evening that amplifies or improves upon the film. MacLaine, Nicholson, Winger were basically channeled by this cast.

Also There was just no point in making this into a play, at least not this ... Read more Read less

During previews
Dated, Cliched, Well acted, well meaning, slow

See it if you want to see a real tear-jerker. It has it's moments, mostly when the character of the astronaut is involved. Molly R. Is fine.

Don't see it if if you prefer fast paced, less emotionally manipulative material.

During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Overrated

See it if you are nostalgic for Molly Ringwald.

Don't see it if you were affected by the iconic movie. This play does not have the same emotional punch. There are many short choppy scenes.

During previews
Cliched, Dated, Great acting, Slow, Banal

See it if you want to see a few good perfomances or if you are a fan of sappy melodrama.

Don't see it if you want something with more dimension. Although it's about serious topics (contentious mother-daughter relationship, death) if felt fluffy.

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Blah, Cute

See it if Want to see "name" actors . Unfortunately, weak script ( need to have seen movie to put any meat or zing in any of the relationships).

Don't see it if You like nostalgia.

During previews
Tiresome, Unnecessary, So-so

See it if you really love Molly Ringwald.

Don't see it if you only have time to see one play.

During previews
Disappointing, Flat, one dimensional, not multilayered like the film. never believed the relationships.

See it if You have never seen the movie because it just falls flat in comparison.

Don't see it if You want deep, believable acting.

During previews

See it if you never saw the movie and want to know what all the fuss is about

Don't see it if you like well-written scenes. This script is the Monarch Notes version of the movie.

Also i.e. the daughter says "I have cancer" and then there's a blackout. I ... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Slow

See it if If you want to see Molly Ringwald live. Or if you've never seen the movie or read the book.

Don't see it if You want an involved adaptation or good performances.

During previews
Not as good as the movie, Mixed quality of casting, Inconsistent acting, Serviceable adaption, Fun to see molly

See it if you're a Molly Ringwald fan & you'd find it thrilling to see her up close in an intimate setting. Otherwise, it's nothing new or special.

Don't see it if you prefer something original that's not an adaptation of another work, in this case an Oscar-winning film easily found in your library.

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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