REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Traveling Lady” Opened with a ShowScore of 73

Show-Score | Jun 23, 2017
“The Traveling Lady,” written by Horton Foote and directed by Austin  Pendleton, opened on June 22, 2017 in New York City. “The Traveling Lady,” written by Horton Foote and directed by Austin Pendleton, opened on June 22, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

7 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 79.

Jesse Green
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 55
“Quaint and baggy, ‘The Traveling Lady’ is no great drama…Nor is the affectionate revival a great production. But if some of the play’s best qualities are muddied by performances that seem shaky and flat, ‘The Traveling Lady’ still emerges as a lovely specimen of the form…The production only intermittently achieves the paradoxical merger of vast emotion and delicate expression that Foote requires…You need a production that gets past the competencies of the scene-study class.”

Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 90
“Under the sensitive and confident direction of Pendleton, the play slowly cooks like a stew, enticing us further with each scene. Pendleton doesn't try too hard to grab our attention or push the pace. He lets us come to the play, which we are eager to do, especially when the text is delivered by this expert cast…Few directors can make a nearly 63-year-old play feel fresh and exciting quite the same way Pendleton can. It's the kind of theatrical magic you really have to experience firsthand."
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
“In its beautifully performed revival, Foote’s ‘The Traveling Lady’ reveals itself as a particularly well-shaped little jewel…Pendleton has the most delicate directorial hands in the business...Luckily, Clara’s garden has room for some naughtier angels as well: the play’s tartest characters, teetotaler Mrs. Tillman and cackling maniac Mrs. Mavis (the masterful Lynn Cohen). The rest of ’em invite you onto the porch, but these two keep the tea from turning too sweet."
“The Traveling Lady” was also reviewed by David Finkle of The Huffington Post, James Wilson of Talkin' Broadway, Joseph Cervelli of Theater Time, and Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 30 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 72.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Slow, Dated, Great acting, Disappointing, Great writing

Andrew 4, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You're a Horton Foote fan, you enjoy Southern plays that take their time introducing characters and moving the plot. Atmosphere is important." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like slow-moving but emotionally resonant plays, mixed Southern accents, actors moving up and down the center aisle."
Chemazzo, ShowScore: 66
See it if…"You've never seen a Horton Foote play." 
Don't see it if…"You have, since, beautiful production aside, it's not one of his best."
Shira 6053, ShowScore: 80 
See it if…"You appreciate the characters nicely portrayed in this period piece from Horton Foote. Fine acting." 
Don't see it if…"You need a quick pace or more action. Really there is enough plot to make you wonder how the relationships will play out."

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