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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
Avg Score

During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you like good conversation

Don't see it if if dislike open endings

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Funny

See it if You are an A. R. Gurney fan. Reflection on passage of time, and opportunities lost and found.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy verbal rather than action oriented theater.

During previews
Slow, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You like plays about middle aged couples re-living the past

Don't see it if You don't want a slow moving play (with no intermission) or are looking for a clear, happy ending

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want to step outside on the balcony during a party to take in the view. Lots of interesting people to meet & stories to be to be told.

Don't see it if You need a fully developed plot or don’t find the humor in 2 actors taking on a vast variety of roles.

Also I loved the quirkiness and humor of all the different partygoers playe... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy light dramas about the challenges finding a connection to others in mid-life. Well acted.

Don't see it if the problems of middle aged Wasps bore you and you don't like wordy plays.

During previews
Dated, Slow, Romantic

See it if you are a fan of A.R. Gurney

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one act sort of memory plays

Also Unfortunately during our performance the string lights in the backgrou... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Dated, Slow

See it if You like old time comedy and wonderful performances.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a thought provoking show!

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
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like A.R.Gurney.

Don't see it if you don't care for Gurneys nostalgia

During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Dated

See it if you're a fan of AR Gurney. It's of a specific time and place within Gurney's universe but still entertaining.

Don't see it if you're expecting profound insights and don't enjoy light romantic comedies.

During previews

See it if You like stories about past loves

Don't see it if You don’t like a simple story

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.

During previews
Funny, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You enjoy romantic stories about characters in their twilight years. Supporting actors are hilarious & worth the ticket to see.

Don't see it if You don't like reminiscing

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if You enjoyed skilled, veteran actors and A.R. Gurney's writing

Don't see it if You don't like ambiguous endings and somewhat and unexpected character turns

During previews
Romantic, Fluffy, Beautiful production, Dated, Humorous but not laugh out loud funny

See it if you are a dyed in the wool Gurney fan. Over 50 and yearn for a lost love. You long for a period play that appears to be contemporary.

Don't see it if you want a clear conclusion. you want clearly drawn characters.

Also The production is beautiful, however this lesser play by Gurney is not... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy actors who play multiple roles skillfully, you like comic drama plots

Don't see it if you don't like ambiguous endings

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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