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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

60
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 embarrassingly cliched characters run in and out of this out of date play where you care about no one.

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.

74
Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Dated, Engaging

See it if If you like a play that looks at the paths our lives and whether we have the ability to change that path.

Don't see it if If you're expecting a conflict & resolution plot-line from a casual cocktail party.

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.

Also Touching and amusing high-concept play by WASP chronicler Gurney depic... Read more Read less

30
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.

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.

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You're interested in seeing the relationship challenges of over-50's adults. You're a fan of A.R. Gurney's work.

Don't see it if You'r e not interested in relationships limited to white, upper class folks. Some of the references are dated.

75
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if the frigidity of WASP life interests you. Gurney's the master and this play captures the frozennes and compare it. The set is five-star.

Don't see it if you want to be emotionally moved, despise close-ups of suburban home parties or don't like it when one actor plays multiple roles.

69
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

80
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy unwinding stories.

Don't see it if you don’t like plays with a series of secondary characters arriving and departing in sequence.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you love simple storytelling and the nuance of a classic Gurney play.

Don't see it if you're interested in edgy material of musicals.

74
Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if Not the first show I would recommend. A little slow and obvious. The book left the actors out on a limb and never saved them.

Don't see it if Not Gurney's best although similar in theme to many of his productions. Nice that the ending was ambiguous nothing else required any thought

51
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.

65
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

48
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.

80
Entertaining, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like thoughtful, well written plays about second chances from a sincere, heartfelt company.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fast-paced thriller.

Also The set and lighting was completely entrancing. So beautifully done.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You want to have your heart strings pulled. Don’t hesitate on love!

Don't see it if You hate good theatre

99
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic

See it if You love A.R.Gurney, plays about second changes, romance, and witty repartee!

Don't see it if You dont like a love story

100
Subtle, Gentle, Sublime, Sincere, Enchanting

See it if you're an A.R. Gurney fan, looking for a clever rom-com, or in need of a story that's beautiful staged and wonderfully acted.

Don't see it if you're jerk and you hate theatre.

During previews
48
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.

Also This is almost a bad Vaudeville show sprinkled with an ever interrupte... Read more Read less

During previews
50
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
75
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great writing, Romantic

See it if If you like A.R. Gurney as I do. It is funny at times, good plot. Gurney usual Anglo type play set in Boston deals with older people coming

Don't see it if to grips with life. Don't see it if you don't like 1 actor in multi roles. The character Ruth is very weak and it gets a little slow attimes

During previews
76
Slow, Literate, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you can appreciate Gurney's lofty slice-of-WASP-life drama where a lot is said but not a lot happens, esp. on this tony Boston rooftop.

Don't see it if you expect explosive drama or uproarious comedy from this understated play about missed connections & second chances; you hate multi-casting

During previews
78
Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Romantic

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Also partners 70 % & my 85 %..... Read more Read less

During previews
63
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


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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