Later Life
Closed 1h 30m
Later Life
72

Later Life NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(91 Ratings)
Positive
74%
Mixed
22%
Negative
4%
Members say
Entertaining, Slow, Great staging, Dated, Intelligent

About the Show

Keen Company presents A.R. Gurney's comic drama about a middle-aged man and woman who meet at a cocktail party and ponder beginning the relationship that eluded them 30 years ago.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (91)

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217 Reviews | 150 Followers
90
Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if You like A.R. Gurney plays.A cocktail party with enticing conversations,drama of life with second chances.Interesting folks make for laughs

Don't see it if If you don't like Gurney's work. Read more

TL4
96 Reviews | 10 Followers
86
Clever, Dated, Funny, Great writing, Romantic

See it if you like social comedies. You like unexpected little moments.

Don't see it if you go mostly for good performances.

171 Reviews | 162 Followers
83
Profound, Refreshing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Romantic

See it if Mid-, late-life love & romance brilliantly observed by this wise playwright. Ultimately, very moving when faced with missed chances & loss.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for a wise play, full of life lessons, running under 90 minutes. Excellently cast and Keen Co. production. Bravo!

76 Reviews | 92 Followers
83
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You enjoy plays that leave you thinking. You appreciate great staging and acting.

Don't see it if You want a musical or action play.

761 Reviews | 167 Followers
82
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Touching

See it if you are a fan of Gurney, you enjoy light comedies that contain an underlying thread of seriousness & believe love late in life is possible

Don't see it if Gurney's WASP, upscale characters do not appeal to you nor do cerebral comedies, you don't like plots about people too set in their ways

444 Reviews | 89 Followers
79
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of A.R.Gurney. A short sweet play about how people basically do not change even when new alternatives are presented.

Don't see it if If you prefer musicals or light dramas.

399 Reviews | 55 Followers
78
Slow, Quirky, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want to see two talented actors take on a half-dozen quirky characters each. The set is enchanting, as well, and Laurence Lau is good.

Don't see it if you expect a really interesting script that says something profound. This script doesn't work, in my opinion. And the leading lady is weak.

72 Reviews | 22 Followers
78
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Nostalgic, revealing

See it if you like A.R. Gurney, Old Boston, or Henry James's story "The Beast in the Jungle."

Don't see it if you have no interest in old-money New England WASPs. Read more

Critic Reviews (20)

The Wall Street Journal
March 22nd, 2018

"Mr. Gurney was no four-hit wonder, and the Keen Company’s off-Broadway revival is a welcome reminder that there are glittering gems lurking amid the paste...Unflashy conversation pieces like 'Later Life' don't play themselves. They must be knowingly cast and intelligently directed to make their full effect, and Keen Company, here as always, is up to the challenge...Silverstein has staged 'Later Life' with skill and sensitivity...The cast is satisfying, especially Mr. Lau."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 15th, 2018

"It's a cool, expertly mixed cocktail, spiked with an extra dose of bitters, and surely only Gurney could have pulled it off...Jonathan Silverstein's direction finds a nearly ideal balance...Without deft direction and sensitive performances, 'Later Life' could break into two very different parts, but, thanks to Silverstein and his cast, the scenes featuring Craig and Markell, in addition to providing a comic countermelody to the central characters' melancholic waltz, make an essential point."
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CurtainUp
March 15th, 2018

"A lovely looking revival. It once again showcases Gurney's skill at creating a play that reveals something deeper and sadder beneath its light-hearted and comic surface...Occasionally 'Later Life' injects a few too many lines that nudge the audience into awareness of the feelings behind the civilized masks. And though the play's is likely to appeal most to audiences at the same stage of life as Austin and Ruth, that's not to say that younger viewers will be left unmoved."
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TheaterScene.net
March 18th, 2018

“The tale of a would-be, could-be romance between two unhappily married, middle-aged people--Austin (Laurence Lau) and Ruth (Barbara Garrick)--never really comes together, due to the constant interruptions from ‘Sally and Others’ and ‘Jim and Others’ at a party which reunites them, many years after they first met on the Isle of Capri, when Austin was stationed with the U.S. Navy.”
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Front Row Center
March 15th, 2018

"Charmingly romantic revival...It is a mix of funny and poignant tales that neatly sum up the state of educated Caucasian New Englanders of the 1990s...Under the gentle direction of Jonathan Silverstein, the play of course depends on the sparks and timing between Lau and Garrick. Both are up to the challenge with Lau letting Austin’s emotions ever so slowly simmer while Garrick reveals an inner beauty to Ruth’s wildness that any man would find hard to resist."
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Front Mezz Junkies
March 15th, 2018

"A smooth sail through lovely calm waters; charming, engaging, and somewhat electric, keeping us all guessing and engrossed within Gurney’s smart back and forth...This well written piece, full of civil and witty dialogue, crowded with too many chatty, eccentric, and slightly over-done guests, with some bland food, just made me want to slowly make my way out the door of this party smiling politely saying ‘thank you, and good night’, having had a generally nice time."
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Broadway Blog
March 16th, 2018

"It seems so dated that its frequent topical references are almost quaint…'Later Life'…depicts a potential romance between two…middle-aged people…Their tête-à-tête is continually interrupted by a string of eccentric party guests...played by the same two actors…Markell and Craig lack the chameleonic, comedic virtuosity to pull off the stunt…With Garrick's doll-like features, knowing warmth, and distinctive voice, if I had to choose one reason for this play's later life, it would be her."
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Off Off Online
March 17th, 2018

"Bittersweet and very funny, 'Later Life' is a theatrical pearl...The greatest assets of this revival are Markell and Liam Craig as a succession of wacky party guests. These two have the comic timing of old pros; and, with quicksilver changes of togs, wigs, and dialect, they blunder on and off the terrace, interrupting the earnest, sometimes eloquent conversation of the might-yet-be lovers...In Gurney’s world, hope, joy, and hilarity always complement the pain."
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