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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

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if Completely in love with the movie but don't have the means to watch the film again.

Don't see it if You enjoy a good story or acting. There is not reason why this needs to be a play - there was nothing theatrical about it at all.

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
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Slow

See it if you'd like to see Molly Ringwold for old times sake; you have a subscription to Theater 59's season.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through two hours of mediocrity.

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
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Heartfelt

See it if Well acted, funny and sensitively done. Brown and Dunne were standouts. Although this is not the best play, it has something for everyone

Don't see it if You are tired of mother/daughter dramedy relationships, or if the movie was not to your liking.

During previews
Excellent cast, Great to revisit this story, unfortunately it does not live up to the greatness of the movie.

See it if want to see an excellent cast attempt to get the same greatness the movie had, falls a bit short but is still enjoyable & worth seeing.

Don't see it if are expecting it to have the same depth the movie had.

Also Bring tissues!

During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Bi-polar

See it if liked the film (I didn't), want an excellent cast; show is a comedy in Act 1, tragedy in Act 2; but I found it entertaining

Don't see it if hated the film, don't want a truly depressing 2nd act

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
Delightful, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you enjoyed the movie; like well-acted drama with some sadness

Don't see it if you don't like sad plays; don't want to see something you know the ending to

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You enjoyed the movie version, or want to see a well acted drama. All the actors were superb.

Don't see it if You don't like realistic drams or have an issue about hearing profanity

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Molly Ringwald. Molly has a great roll with Aurora and is giving a very good performance.

Don't see it if Do not like tear jerkers.

Also While the play is not perfect, it is entertaining to those who liked t... Read more Read less

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
Trip down memory lane

See it if you liked the's an original take on a old story.....

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie-it follows the story, although abbreviated

During previews

See it if Moving stage adaptation of classic movie. Molly Ringwald is excellent as Aurora. Supporting cast very good as well.Fans of film will enjoy!

Don't see it if You don't like funny and moving stories of family relationships.

During previews
Intense, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Dated

See it if If you enjoyed the movie or enjoy seeing a show that leaves you sad.

Don't see it if You only like comedy, you don't like shows about cancer.

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if DO NOT SEE THIS FOR ANY REASON. The acting, the direction, the set, the writing ALL FAIL MISERABLY. One of the worst things I've ever seen

Don't see it if You love the movie. This play fails epically and never seems to actually do anything other than remind how good the movie really is

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.

During previews
Entertaining, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you like-the film-Molly Ringwald-romantic plays-family dramas-intimate venue..

Don't see it if you don't like-family centric plays. you want-a thought provocking piece-live music-intense dramatic performances (most are subdued).

During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Funny

See it if You love Molly Ringwald, she was consistent, fantastic, as amazing as she ever was. Story is beautifully retold, theater small, modern.

Don't see it if You want a big broadway show. You dont like an intimate, show experience. It was a wonderful night out

Also Jeb Brown is reminisent of Jack Nicholson. Molly Ringwald herself is w... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Dated

See it if you are a fan of Molly Ringwald and of the original movie

Don't see it if you are not interested in mother/daughter dramas

During previews
Disappointing, Dated, Banal, A poor summary of what was a well written movie. a bunch of short scenes, lots of costume changes, but it is empty!!!! to quote pricilla lopez- i felt nothing!, I felt nothing!

See it if you have nostalgic feelings/memories about the film, even though this is not even a shadow of that fine film!

Don't see it if You want to see a well-written lay- THIS IS AMATUERISH.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like emotional character driven drama. Both funny and tragic, the lead actress were wonderful. Molly and HAnnah were wonderful

Don't see it if you dont want to cry

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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