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Later Life

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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. More…

While the pair rediscover each other and themselves, a bevy of delightful guests rally behind them. With poignancy and laughs, this classic Gurney play reminds us of the infinite possibilities in life just waiting to be pursued. A romantic tale of missed connections and hope for new beginnings.


Member Reviews (91)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Slow, Great staging, Dated, Intelligent
72
Avg Score

74
Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Resonant, Cliched

See it if Minor league Gurney given a finely polished production by Silverstein & company Well acted by leads (though party guests start to wear thin)

Don't see it if Usual Gurney themes of longing & missed opportunities amid upper classes often comes across banal Could use more humorous self-awareness

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

24
Great staging, Excruciating, Bad writing, Bad acting

See it if you enjoy shows about New England’s upper crust.

Don't see it if you can’t stomach wooden, lifeless performances and jokes (I think they were jokes?) that are poorly written and fall flat.

77
Best quick hair & makeup changes i've ever seen, Pleasant, Interesting for those interested in a.r. gurney

See it if I loved the quick changes of Liam Craig & Jodie Markell. They were (almost) unrecognizable in the multiple parts they played.

Don't see it if ...You want a show with a lot of action.

Also Laurence Lau and Barbara Garrick looked great together. Story doesn't ... Read more Read less

69
Banal, Sluggish, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you want to see two scene-stealing performances by Liam Craig and Jodie Markell. Also, a great starry set design by Steven Kemp.

Don't see it if you don't like slowly paced plays. "Later Life" is in dire need of a shot of adrenalin.

72
Dated, Entertaining, Slow, Predictable, Talky

See it if You like A.R. Gurney plays about the upper crust This takes place at a cocktail party. Men and woman meet and talk. The sport is squash.

Don't see it if You need action and are bored easily. Do not care about marital discord. Dislike watching adults drink too much.

77
Cliched, Disappointing, Funny, Slow, Uneven

See it if you like Guerney, one of our best playwrights I think.Set is AMAZING!Acting was uneven.Lawrence Lau overcame lackluster direction &was good.

Don't see it if you want to see a cohesive cast.Lau was the only one I believed.Plot is interesting.Direction was heavy handed and lackluster.

70
Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy romantic stories with mature adults and rekindled romance stories.

Don't see it if you prefer more modern stories or are not into romance and second chances.

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.

70
Refreshing, Amusing light sweet

See it if You want a sweet fun play. No depth but entertaining. The male and female actors who play multiple characters bring the play to life. Funny.

Don't see it if You want a deep character study. This is light weight. Unfortunately the main characters are dull and uninteresting.

70
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you enjoy the writing of Gurney about an accidental reunion of 2 people at a party, & all the crazy characters that interrupt their meeting.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy talky plays without a lot of action and a disappointing plot line that leaves you hoping for more.

69
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if a quaint story about making a special connection with someone makes you feel good about life.

Don't see it if experiencing a play about later life romance blossoming make your heart turn cold.

Also The Keen Company’s production of A. R. Gurney’s play 1993 play Later L... Read more Read less

74
Great acting, Great staging, Banal, Cliched, Dated

See it if You like drawing room comedies

Don't see it if You want to feel connected to the characters in the play

73
Disappointing, Great staging, Banal

See it if You are a fan of Gurney's & just want to see everything he wrote. Some good acting; some less so.

Don't see it if You don't want to see the relationship elude them again.

78
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a play about what ifs and romance. Fate is the deciding factor in this piece. And so is making connections.

Don't see it if You want more modern plays or musicals

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.

74
Engaging

See it if you like a character-centric show looking back at life's trials and look forward to what could be next. Comic character vignettes are fun.

Don't see it if you want an action packed evening. Some references are dated.

75
Banal, Slow, Boring, Great set, Funny at times

See it if You like AR Gurney. I have seen a number of his plays and some are better than others.

Don't see it if You don't like drawing room comedies where nothing really happens.

Also I thought the set was great. It wanted a balcony like that. Otherwise,... Read more Read less

53
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if Don't. There is nothing to redeem this show. The subject matter is not developed, the characters are cliched, the chemistry non-existent.

Don't see it if you care for theater. A complete waste of 90 minutes. There is no message, no learning, no experience or growth. Poor example of Gurney

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.

Also Afterwards Show Score arranged for a meet & greet with cast plus behin... Read more Read less

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!

75
Banal, Cliched, Great acting, Slow

See it if YOU HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO (GOOD ACTING SO); NO SURPRISES ON STAGE AND GOOD ACTORS ARE LIMITED WITH BORING DIALOGS.

Don't see it if YOU DO NOT LIKE BORING SITUATIONS, WHICH ALL OF THEM CAN BE EASILY PREDICTED AND VIEWERS, WHO DO NOT BOTHER TO TURN OFF THEIR PHONES

60
Great staging, Slow, Confusing....

See it if you want a nice nap....

Don't see it if you want to feel entertained and like happy endings.

72
Entertaining, Dated

See it if You like shows that take place in Boston. You like stories about missed connections and romance/friendship later in life.

Don't see it if You do not like when actors play several characters at once (there are two main actors & then two who play all the other parts).

70
Dated, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a completist with Gurney plays and like Laurence Lau (which I do)

Don't see it if You prefer more of a timeless feel to Gurney plays - that does exist. This is mired in topical references.


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 ...
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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,...
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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 aft...
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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 civi...
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