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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

During previews
68
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
69
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
76
Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Dated, Slow

See it if you are a Gurney fan and enjoy relatively slow moving plays with minimal plot and maximum talk. Most can identify with someone in this play

Don't see it if you need action and plot, and don't enjoy talky plays with little or nothing exciting going on.

During previews
75
Great staging, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You’d like to see a play about a nice guy whose fault if any is being too bland.

Don't see it if You don’t like it when 2 characters stay the same and 2 others flit through many roles.

During previews
65
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
73
Great staging, Romantic, Slow, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to see a play that is about people that met many years ago and end up meeting up again and where it takes them.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a romantic story that is funny at times and a little slow but great staging.

During previews
75
Intelligent, Excellent acting, Fine set, Clever/humorous, Difficult to interpret

See it if you like themes involving class conflicts, missed love opportunities, psychological dynamics, good acting and humorously clever writing.

Don't see it if you dislike analyzing psychological and sociological content that are difficult to discern and a somewhat dissatisfying ending.

During previews
90
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Enjoy seeing comedy at it's best. And it's also has a lot of touching moments as well. The actors playing the multi-roles are hysterical.

Don't see it if You like big shows with big sets. This is an intimate play that takes place all in one night.

During previews
65
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
94
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful, Delightful

See it if a fan of Gurney, certainly. A terrific ex. of character studies unfolding w/ modest, stoic precision, turmoil @ low volume, regrets seeping.

Don't see it if if you need blatant theatrics or neat resolutions. But if you're a Gurney fan, you already know better. Go for gripping, what-if dissection.

Also The actors were quite wonderful, so understated and nuanced in their r... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Entertaining, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You like stories about midlife romance, easy entertainment and a beautiful set in 90 minutes

Don't see it if You want deep reflections and big drama.

During previews
70
Great acting, Slow, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you like A.R.Gurney plays and want to see a play about renewing relationships.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that make you think

Also The play brought up a dark topic of a doomed life and abusive relation... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Great acting, Clever, Dated, Entertaining

See it if This is minor Gurney, but imo even his minor work is worth seeing [once]. A rueful meditation on second chances. The production is excellent

Don't see it if A small, all-talk play, almost an exercise, for both writer and actors. Don't expect action, elaborate plot, big laughs, fireworks.

During previews
68
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
80
Delightful, Romantic, Great writing, Great staging, Funny

See it if You're a Gurney fan.Typical plot & setting. Older play still relevant. Keen Group intimate productions don't disappoint.. saw 1st preview

Don't see it if If you're not a Gurney fan..From 1993 some may find it dated -but subject matter & setting transcends the years.

During previews
76
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if you love spending the evening on a Boston rooftop listening to folks do what you'd like to do - reconnect to someone from your early life.

Don't see it if you are under 30, have never been to boston, have no connection to the times, don't like smoking or connecting with the past.

During previews
70
Dated, Cliched, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You like rather dated period dramas about reconnected 'love' The play is mildly entertaining but really lacks any sort of 'punch'.

Don't see it if Like deep and profound plays which have a message and don't contain stereotypical characters.

During previews
65
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
55
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
75
Funny, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You like sophisticated comedy with quirky characters and a non-linear plot.

Don't see it if You want a contemporary play with younger actors.

During previews
75
Great writing, Funny, Dated

See it if The play is better than the production, which is a bit dinner theatre-y but still worth seeing. Main Boston WASP character very accurate.

Don't see it if Same actors playing multiple (and one-note) secondary characters was too clever by half, and detracted from poignancy of the overall piece.

During previews
70
Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Romantic, Resonant

See it if you enjoy A.R. Gurney's work and like plays which slowly build and reveal relationships.

Don't see it if you're looking for good chemistry between the actors.

During previews
90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Moving, Beautiful design

See it if You enjoy literate playwriting about intelligent, caring people. And some very fine acting.

Don't see it if You prefer highly dramatic or very silly shows.

During previews
70
Delightful, Slow, Quirky

See it if Solid production of a good play

Don't see it if You are looking for something FRESH and new

During previews
68
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


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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