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Terms of Endearment

From 86 member  reviews
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
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You loved the movie of the same name as it holds true to the movie. You like mother daughter stories and tear jerkers.

Don't see it if You hate tear jerkers or stories based on female leads. You hated the movie or you want to see a big comedy or musical.

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Boring, Poorly acted, Dull

See it if you must.

Don't see it if You are a fan of the film. You will be very disappointed.

During previews
Disappointing, Dated

See it if You're not picky or if you love molly.

Don't see it if You expect a fresh take.

During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Cliched, Slow at first, Emotional

See it if you like a cast of very talented actors who are very great, with not the greatest script/adaptation that makes dialogue sound phony/forced

Don't see it if you want a very fast-paced and well written play or a high budget set.

Also Molly Ringwald is wonderful and great to see onstage. She and the rest... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Funny

See it if you enjoy mother-daughter issues.

Don't see it if you are looking for deeper probing.

During previews
Entertaining, Slow

See it if You want a nice night out, off the beaten path, in a great theater space.

Don't see it if You love the film. Compressing a richly textured, vibrant film and book into a small and static space just didn't feel right.

Also While the staging is interesting, the production falls a little flat. ... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if You love Molly Ringwald or want to see Jeb Brown pretty much impersonate Nicholson.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shows about dysfunctional famiies or shows that need multiple very short scenes to get the story told.

Also Saw this show the night after the election so...... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Dated, Insipid

See it if you like daytime TV and are a fan of Molly Ringwald

Don't see it if you are a fan of comedies or serious dramas.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if your in the mood for a tear jerker

Don't see it if if you don't like to cry

During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like Molly Ringwald. I believe she reaches a career best as Aurora; poignant, human, and just incredible, specially towards the end

Don't see it if if you have a problem with more intimate and less "showy" plays

Also The chemistry between Molly and Jeb Brown (Garrett) is great

During previews
Entertaining, Great staging

See it if I saw the movie so many times so I probably was expecting it to be exactly the same and it wasn't. It was enjoyable and I loved seeing molly

Don't see it if If you expect it to be an exact replica of the movie. Just watch the movie.

Also I have seen this movie numerous times. Looking back at the cast;Winger... Read more Read less

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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