Already closed | 1h 45m | West Village

The End of Longing

From 118 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Cliched, Funny, Indulgent, Banal

About the show

MCC Theater presents a bittersweet comedy about four dysfunctional not-so-young adults. Written by and starring Matthew Perry of 'Friends' fame. More…

An alcoholic, an escort, a self-diagnosed neurotic, and a well-intentioned dimwit walk into a bar...Meet Jack, Stephanie, Joseph, and Stevie: four lost souls entering their forties and searching for meaning. Broken and deeply flawed, they find their lives irreversibly entwined no matter how hard they try to break free of one another. Also starring Jennifer Morrison ('Once Upon a Time,' 'House').

1h 45m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (118)


Disappointing, Cliched, Funny, Indulgent, Banal
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Funny, Disappointing, Fluffy, Romantic, Slow

See it if you want to see two recognizable people, Perry and the women from House.

Don't see it if you want a consistent show that keeps you absorbed.

Cliched, Fluffy, Slow, Entertaining

See it if had VERY low expectations, so enjoyed it more. Perry's personal therapy session. The other actors were solid!

Don't see it if You want a really well done play. Feels sitcom-y. Jokes are set up. Wants to be deep, but isn't.

Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if Perry & Morrison one dimensional as leads but Kim & Dunn-Baker (stage pros) enliven the sub plot about real commitment but to no avail

Don't see it if Dark, serious subject matter - alcoholism & high-end prostitution -treated in facile, glib sit-com manner and the jokes are stale too boot!

Cliched, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if Great for TV aficionados, All four cast members do the job. Interesting look at alcohol and commitment problems.

Don't see it if You cannot relate to people who are narrowly focused

Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Raw

See it if you're a fan of Matthew Perry, but don't go expecting to see Chandler Bing.

Don't see it if you're turned off by themes of alcoholism and its effects on a relationship.

Also As Perry wrote this show and plays an alcoholic, I'm assuming there ar... Read more Read less

Edgy, Indulgent, Long winded, Amusing

See it if you are interested in a sitcom under the guise of a play; there is some good acting.

Don't see it if The play is heavy handed and the relationships are not believable. Matthew Perry's acting is questionable and tedious. No heart.

Also I should have been in tears during his closing monologue. Other than w... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow

See it if you are NOT into theater and want to say you saw Matt Perry on stage

Don't see it if you want to see something that is well written or unpredictable.

Also Perry wrote this play and in the talk back following the show he said ... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Cliched, Relevant

See it if you are a Matthew Perry fan, and enjoy straight forward plots about dysfunctional childhoods and addictions.

Don't see it if you disapprove of public displays of poor behavior, and alcoholics. You do not like raunchy situations and foul language.

Also Do not expect too much from Matthew Perry's first attempt at play wrig... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Indulgent, Yawn

See it if you love Matthew Perry.His performance was weak, and his writing even weaker.The play was predictable, cliched, & badly acted by 3/4 of cast

Don't see it if you are looking for a tight, well written play.This is just a ho-hum play very badly acted.Only 1 character was believable.

Great staging, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Perry up close & personal, in a show that is clearly a labor of love. The plot & his performance are only ok but heartfelt.

Don't see it if you're expecting Perry's performance to be of the same caliber as the rest of the cast, or you're expecting any new insights into addiction.

Cliched, Disappointing, Funny, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a somewhat funny play starring Matthew Perry, you like stories about alcoholism and couples trying to work things out.

Don't see it if a personal project by Matthew Perry based on his own alcoholic past is too indulgent for you. Decent effort & intention, but poorly written.

Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if A happier "Sexual Perversity in Chicago." Fun. Nice performances.

Don't see it if Isn't as deep as it wants to be.

Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Not especially well written or acted. See it if you like Matthew Perry even if he is a lost alcoholic in the play.

Don't see it if If you expect to see a well constructed drama.

Cliched, Disappointing, Funny, Indulgent

See it if Want to give kudos to Matthew Perry for writing a play.

Don't see it if You want any kind of substance and non-sophomoric theatre.

Absorbing, Funny, Relevant, Truthful, soul-bearing

See it if you want to see a semi-autobiographical play about an alcoholic & how it affects his life and his friends, based on Mathew Perry's situation

Don't see it if you don't like plays with heavy cursing and about the destructive nature of alcoholics and the affect it has on their lives and friend's.

Cliched, Indulgent, Decent

See it if A decent show, formulated like a sitcom (with pauses so you know when to laugh, and rather surface-y) with a strong supportive cast.

Don't see it if You expect Chandler Bing; you expect a play that delves into addiction to say something profound and personal.

Great staging, Great acting, Quirky, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You want to see Mathew Perry. A play about addiction, friendships and relationships, one plausible, one highly unlikely.

Don't see it if You expect to see Chandler Bing. Perry is the weakest of the actors.

Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Excruciating

See it if You have absolutely nothing else to do. Good performances here, but nothing to pull you away from spectacular performances elsewhere.You

Don't see it if You want to see "Chandler". It's kind of sad to watch. I wanted it to be so much more than it was, and there is far better out there.

Indulgent, Raunchy, Stiff acting, Uncomfortable, All over the place

See it if If you like Matthew Perry's portrayal of Oscar Madison, racheted up to a pathetic bully. You like stories about disfunctional and desperate

Don't see it if people. If you are looking for Chandler Bing. Matthew Perry need more rehearsal and more stage experience.

Also I liked the show's portrayal of imperfect people. I felt that Matthew ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if a honest portrayal of addiction and how it affects the human spirit.

Don't see it if your bothered by alcoholism and sexual addiction.

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Quirky

See it if like Matthew Perry; the cast is very good. The play is a humorous look at relationships and addiction. It moves quickly.

Don't see it if don't want to see another show about alcoholism, although it's a unique take.

Entertaining, Humorous, Quirky, Interesting, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of Matthew Perry, if you enjoy a tale of dysfunctional romance or if you just enjoy an entertaining night of dramedy.

Don't see it if you dislike dysfunctional romantic dramedies, or are looking for a transformative play. This play is for entertainment purposes only.

Also Matthew Perry, a decade after Friends concluded, still has a very acti... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if A fan of Friends TV show and a chance to see Matthew Perry on stage in a play he wrote.

Don't see it if The use of foul language and drunkenness is not you type of entertainment.

Disappointing, Insipid, Indulgent, Well staged, Unbelievable

See it if you think tv sitcom dialogue is the height of sophistication

Don't see it if you aren't devoted to Matthew Perry

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if If you like Friends, this is a darker version, but still very enjoyable. Matthew Perry and Jennifer Morrison are excellent.

Don't see it if You don't like Friends or sit com type comedy.

June 5th, 2017
"If Jack is convincingly darker than your typical sitcom denizen, Mr. Perry doesn’t have the verbal and dramaturgical skills as an author to take the play—his first—where the character is leading...With few exceptions, the play remains trite even as it approaches seriousness...Under the direction...
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June 5th, 2017
"The play spends 100 minutes feeding at rock bottom, alternating between coarse quasi-humor, strained melodrama and maudlin romance. Many of the lines seem to think they are jokes, but forget to include the joke part...Writing this play may have been a therapeutic exercise for Perry, who has batt...
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June 5th, 2017
"Squashes its attempt at tackling dark themes with a glib approach that ill-serves both the subject matter and the performers...The playwright’s inexperience becomes evident from the paper-thin characterizations and lack of credible plotting...Perry at least demonstrates that his extensive TV com...
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June 5th, 2017
"There are a few chuckles here, and some comfortingly familiar sarcasm...But for the most part 'Longing' consists of four characters announcing feelings that these actors are likely skilled enough to register without many words...Where Perry’s script and performance does graze the truth is in two...
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