"On Tidy Endings"

ensemble theatre · mmmkay productions · Ages 12+ · 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
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 StageSceneLA.com... 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
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