Loose Ends
Closed 2h 45m
Loose Ends
68

Loose Ends NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(24 Reviews)
Positive
67%
Mixed
21%
Negative
12%
Members say
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

About the Show

T. Schreiber Theatre revives Michael Weller's 1970 play about a young couple grappling with conflicting opinions on the importance of having a career versus raising a family.

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Member Reviews (24)

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506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
83
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Nice to reflect upon the 70's. Small stage does nice job with clever usage of materials for the set. T. Schreiber himself directs.

Don't see it if do not want to see some up and coming actors from the various classes at the studio.

488 Reviews | 103 Followers
30
This needs to be cleaned up

See it if want to get a look into the 1970's

Don't see it if a 2:45 show scares you. BEWARE, this started at 8PM I didn't get out of the theater until 11PM. Show has it listed at 2hrs but its not. Read more

450 Reviews | 126 Followers
67
Choose better play, Adequate performances, Lackluster, Too much set, White people's problems?

See it if revisiting the 70s & the conflicts of the well connected, marriage/family vs. job, having it all, etc. are issues u want 2 see discussed

Don't see it if you're looking 4 insights into the 70s, a plot driven storyline, well developed characters, or scenes that go on 2 long drive you crazy

411 Reviews | 72 Followers
60
Dated, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You have fond memories of the 1970s and want to compare experiences.

Don't see it if You aren't content to follow a long story from youth to adulthood with many characters.

332 Reviews | 42 Followers
78
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a play that is strongly based in the 70's. You want to see a play about a couple and their mainly ups and some downs.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a love story. you don't want to see a fun play. You don't like anything 70's Read more

280 Reviews | 81 Followers
45
Tedious, Overly long, Pointless, Extraneous characters

See it if you lived through the 70s and are nostalgic for the transition from flower child to materialistic adult; like any relationship story

Don't see it if you lived through the 70s and do NOT care to relive that era; don't like meagerly drawn protagonists & too many unnecessary characters Read more

246 Reviews | 43 Followers
69
Great writing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Uneven

See it if You want to see a great script acted with so-so actors. The leads start strong but in the 2nd act they seem bored with the play.

Don't see it if You are looking for great consistant performances.

236 Reviews | 35 Followers
75
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if you would like to see a show about a couple's romance and relationships during the 1970s, involving their trials and tribulations

Don't see it if you're not interested happenings in the '70s, issues with a young couple's dating and marriage, involving problems many couples face then as Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

Theater Pizzazz
March 28th, 2017

“The last scenes of this somewhat meandering play are brilliant…Once this play really wakes up, it becomes risky. And these actors are up for that. There is an inconsistent level of performance but the actors make a journey together that’s emotionally touching when it counts…The director Terry Schreiber deserves kudos for fulfilling the slowly developing gift of this play and for guiding his actors on this surprisingly funny and rocky road.”
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Stage Buddy
March 27th, 2017

"The eight-scene structure provides a wonderful framework within which the play examines a long-term relationship...However, some of the simpler moments the play explores, while lovely and insightful, don’t provide enough conflict to sustain the play’s lengthier run time. This is in part because the play’s conflicts are largely internal. The performances, directed by Terry Schreiber, thus become key in bringing out the unsaid conflicts."
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W
March 18th, 2017

"It’s difficult to sit through a 2½-hour play disliking the protagonist. Nor does it help that Loren Bidner delivers a one-note portrayal of the exasperating young man. Unfortunately, he’s not alone. I’ve seen some first-rate productions at T. Schreiber. This one is not well cast...Terry Schreiber’s direction is uneven...Many of the actors don’t listen to one another...While 'Loose Ends' rings true to its era, why a revival now?"
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M
March 28th, 2017

"The script still feels fresh with clever dialogue...The supporting cast was also marvelous...It was with them that the heart of the show beat. On the other hand, the two main characters portrayed by Bidner and Vink, are not the type of people you feel inclined to cheer for. It doesn’t help that both actors give us one-dimensional performances...The production is also hurt by long transitions...While the play seemed perfect for the times, I don’t see the point of a revival today."
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Off Off Online
March 24th, 2017

"Weller’s drama has to be more than trying to choose between a family or career during the '70s. Yet the depth of their problems, and even their backstories, are never entirely explored...The climaxes do not lead to powerful payoffs but more or less take the characters back to where they originally started...Various undeveloped characters arbitrarily show up, lending a viewer hope that they will move the story forward or eventually reappear. But they are used only as short-lived comic relief."
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