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"On Tidy Endings"

ensemble theatre · mmmkay productions · Ages 12+ · family friendly · United States of America

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TRACEY PALEO, GIA ON THE MOVE (OFFICIAL PRESS) certified reviewer June 07, 2015
This slightly uneven production under the direction of Sara Wagner both touches the heart and leaves one imagining a more solid execution. Read the full review at Gia On The Move (official press)... full review
MARIO RIVAS June 08, 2015
tagged as: family · drama · Love · AIDS
A powerful portrayal of loss, love, and identity, "On Tidy Endings" -- written by Harvey Fierstein in '87 -- tells the story of Marion and Arthur. She was married to Collin, who hid his homosexuality from her for 16 years. After Collin left her and developed AIDS, he met Arthur and they spent his last years together until his death. Now Marion and Arthur meet to divvy up Collin's belongings, and the play finds them trying to reconcile their feelings for Collin and for each other. The whole cast is terrific, and Michael Mullen ("Arthur") and Kimberly Patterson ("Marion) navigate the mounting drama with ease. The tone and tenor of their encounter constantly shifts, but performances are always spot on. As each of them pours their heart out, you... full review
SHARI BARRETT certified reviewer June 09, 2015
Harvey Fierstein's "On Tidy Endings" was first performed in 1987 in New York as one of three Fierstein one-acts on a program titled "Safe Sex." Set in 1987, this short and sometimes fiercely funny and very poignant study of how the universal situation of losing a loved one, took on unique new qualities in the context of the beginning of the AIDS crisis. Whose loss is it anyway? That’s the bone of contention between a gay man and a straight woman who meet to straighten up loose ends following the death of the man they both loved. As the story begins, Marion (Kimberly Patterson) and her young daughter Jenny (sassy scene stealer Makayla Rowles) arrive at the apartment she and her former husband, Collin, bought as an investment when they we... full review
STEVEN STANLEY certified reviewer June 14, 2015
An AIDS widower confronts the ex-wife of his recently deceased lover in Harvey Fierstein’s 1987 one-act On Tidy Endings, certain to be one of the most powerful dramatic offerings at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival. Click on "Original Article" to read my complete review at full review
RICHARD TATUM June 21, 2015
A strong cast largely makes up for the slightly dated feeling of this play, that no doubt made more of a splash in the '80s when there weren't enough frank discussions about the emotional fallout of the AIDS epidemic seen on stage. That said, while the principles, Michael Mullen and Kimberly Patterson, connect with real authority and emotional weight, their work is hampered a bit by flat direction from Sara Wagner. Definitely worth seeing for the acting, though.... full review
MORNA MURPHY MARTELL certified reviewer June 22, 2015
No one has written as eloquently about AIDS, and the confusion and heart-rending losses of so many, as Harvey Fierstein. Here a man has died and his former wife appears to be claiming him back from the lover who nursed him through his final desperate years. Yet the craftsmanship here does not allow for predictable conflicts, the two actors are well served by a playwright who knows that what is said is rarely as important as what is left unsaid. Kimberly Patterson is magnificent as the businesslike ex-wife, but Michael Mullen breaks your heart as the wounded champion left with nothing but boxes of memorabilia. His movements are brisk and gracious but his face, eyes and voice reveal volumes of pain. This performance brought my always stoic hus... full review
MICHAEL MULLEN June 08, 2015
tagged as: drama · lgbt · family
BWW Reviews: Harvey Fierstein's 1987 ON TIDY ENDINGS - Still Witty, Still Raw, Still So Relevant June 8, 2015 by Gil Kaan ​ BWW Reviews: Harvey Fierstein's 1987 ON TIDY ENDINGS - Still Witty, Still Raw, Still So Relevant On Tidy Endings/by Harvey Fierstein/directed by Sara Wagner/The Complex's East Theatre/thru June 27, 2015 Harvey Fierstein's one-act On Tidy Endings, originally part of his 1987 Safe Sex trilogy, holds up very well in the abled reins of director Sara Wagner and her kick-ass cast. Set in a time when gay men only came out of their closets on a need-to-know basis (ex-wives, kids), contracting AIDS equalled a death sentence. Still, the after-effects of a gay man dying have similar revelancy in 2015. Tidying up... full review
JIM WITOSZYNSKI certified reviewer June 14, 2015
tagged as: Bring tissues · AIDS
I went to see this 6/13/15 and this is a really good play you should see if you are thinking about it. The one thing you should know this is a play about a man who died of AIDS and how the people in his life react to his death. The rest you should experience. The performances really drew you into the story line and the actors all did great jobs. Everyone did wonderful work making their characters believable. So why not an "Amazing" rating? Because too much happens in the amount of time you see (it lasts about 60 minutes). Most of the play is an interaction between two characters and they go on an emotional roller coaster and take you along for the ride. But then the way it ends - with all that happens - I just didn't buy it. So bring tiss... full review

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