Loose Ends
Closed 2h 45m
Loose Ends
68

Loose Ends NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(24 Ratings)
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (24)

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122 Reviews | 23 Followers
88
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

56 Reviews | 10 Followers
83
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want a play that takes you back to the 1970s.

Don't see it if You don't like theatre that runs over two hours.

don
506 Reviews | 1010 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.

175 Reviews | 30 Followers
79
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Great acting, relationship oriented plays are your thing. The actors were really awesome and "got into" their roles.

Don't see it if You want lighter fair with a happy ending, or if you have trouble relating to the "70's." It's a little dated but has a definite message.

332 Reviews | 41 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

Also The performers did a good job with this performance. This was a very fun play until the wife made a decision for both of them and it made things between the couple go south. I enjoyed the older gentleman that came by with the Champagne. He was hilarious. He was delightful. I liked him. I am sorry that I don't remember his name but his performance was memorable.

172 Reviews | 24 Followers
75
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy plays about relationship and marriage struggles; well written, real-life dialogue

Don't see it if you don't like an almost 3 hour runtime. Can be a bit slow at times.

270 Reviews | 36 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

Also Although the play took place during the '70s, change the clothes and styles and t could just as well taken place during any other decade as well.

62 Reviews | 20 Followers
75
Great staging, Banal, Entertaining, Resonant, Slow

See it if Life's decision making always challenges you and never quite comes to a conclusion. Good acting, great staging.

Don't see it if A three hour story following a self indulgent couple isn't your thing.

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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