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Later Life

From 91 member  reviews
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

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.

Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you are a fan of Gurney's work or you need a place to take a nap.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained. There was no point or message. Just a bunch of people engaged in small talk that went no where.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Fluffy, Dated

See it if You like sets. The set was beautiful.

Don't see it if You’re looking to be wowed. The whole show was one note.

During previews
Aimless, Disjointed, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are a Gurney completionist. Some ok moments.

Don't see it if you can't stand characters making nonsensical decisions in order to create any plot. Bad comedy.

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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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