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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)


Entertaining, Slow, Great staging, Dated, Intelligent

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.

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

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

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.

Dated, Disappointing, Boring

See it if If you're sentimental about reconnecting with past romantic partners and don't mind seeing a dated play with corny stock characters.

Don't see it if Just don't bother w/this one ... embarrassingly cliched characters run in and out of this out of date play where you care about no one.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Cliched, Dated

See it if I.liked it because I like shows about that milieu, upper class civilized folks who do foolish things

Don't see it if If you want something lively, where people change and don't repeat the same mistake

Slow, Romantic, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see the supporting actors outshine the leads

Don't see it if You’re a fan of Barbara’s work because she did not deliver in this play.

Absorbing, Clever, Disappointing, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy long involved conversations and great period references from the 80’s

Don't see it if You prefer something lighter or musical

Also At times very slow, at times very absorbing. In the end I left feeling... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Unfocused, Silly, Unrealistic

See it if There are some amusing moments, mostly thanks to Markel who does a great job at playing many comic characters - she steals the show.

Don't see it if You enjoy stories that can be based in reality. Nearly everything that occurs is completely unrealistic, character choices make no sense.

Also I didn't buy into the "love story" that is at the core of the show. I ... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if It about meeting again years later, being older.

Don't see it if You looking for a lot to happen.

Also This really don't hold my interest, slow, and like other reviewers say... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you are a Gurney fan and enjoy a play where not much gets resolved. The secondary characters play several roles most ingeniously.

Don't see it if you prefer a drama where issues get resolved, dialogue is not dated and action moves along more quickly.

Also There was no spark to this play. I never could get involved with the s... Read more Read less

During previews
Interesting but a little dated.

See it if You appreciate Gurney. He always has something interesting to say.

Don't see it if You’re not a Gurney fan

During previews
Disappointing, Mildly interesting, Slow, Pointless, Pretty set

See it if you enjoy a show that has many lack luster conversations that reach no conclusion. Some bright moments but otherwise just bland.

Don't see it if you want interesting dialog and a show with a plot.

During previews
Boring, Inert, Cliched, Cartoon characters, Nice set

See it if you are a Gurney fan or can find potential in the unspoken and undramatized.

Don't see it if you want to see any normal dramatic elements, particularly character change, or logic in character interactions.

Also I couldn't find any reason to care about the characters, so the flaws ... Read more Read less

During previews
Dated, Well cast, Why revive this play now?, Slender one-act with a few amusing lines/situations

See it if you like Gurney's stage milieu: the dying breed of New England WASP whose most salient emotion is quiet regret over what might have been

Don't see it if problems of privileged, white urbanites don't engage you; stereotypes put you off: though amusingly satirized by good actors

Also Hard to say what drew Keen to produce this mildly amusing, lesser Gurn... Read more Read less

During previews
Light, Diverting, Melancholic, Quaint, Nostalgic

See it if you reckon the world would benefit if we were all more civil with each other and you delight in seeing actors play multiple roles.

Don't see it if you've never seen an A.R. Gurney play before since this "meet cute" 2.0 scenario doesn't build into one of his stronger dramedies.

During previews
Great staging, Banal, Cliched, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if you are okay with a mediocre evening of theater. It's not bad but it's not especially good. The staging is lovely.

Don't see it if you want a story that goes someplace, is relevant and has meaning.

During previews
Boring, Great set, Good acting

See it if You are a real fan of the playwright

Don't see it if You enjoy a meaty plot

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you are a fan of a story that takes place in 1993 with vapid characters who have no chemistry. It is slow-moving, with jokes that fall flat.

Don't see it if you expect to either laugh or cry after watching a romantic comedy. It does not seem believable. The ending was disappointing.

Also The set was beautiful. The lighting was exquisite and very romantic.

During previews
Slow, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy dated plays.

Don't see it if don't like dated material that goes nowhere.

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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