The Traveling Lady
The Traveling Lady
75

The Traveling Lady NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(82 Reviews)
Positive
79%
Mixed
17%
Negative
4%
Members say
Slow, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the Show

Cherry Lane Theatre revives Horton Foote's 1955 play, a searching look into America's heart and soul, and a poignant story of loss and redemption. 

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85
Romantic, Slow, Warm, Enchanting, Intelligent

See it if I enjoyed basking in the warmth of these characters and their southern hometown.

Don't see it if The script or maybe the acting was unconvincing in spots.

75
Intelligent, Slow, Romantic, Resonant, Fascinating

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

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
June 22nd, 2017

“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.”
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Time Out New York
June 22nd, 2017

“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."
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The Wall Street Journal
June 29th, 2017

"Foote himself would have delighted in the perfect stylistic unanimity of this lovely revival...Pendleton has staged 'The Traveling Lady' with a gentle understatement that draws you in before you know it, and his actors exude a feeling of community so strong as to create the impression that they’ve known one another for years...To single out Lichty, Bull and Cohen for special mention is to disserve the similarly persuasive performances of their colleagues, who are excellent without exception."
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Theatermania
June 22nd, 2017

“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."
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BroadwayWorld
July 2nd, 2017

“A warm and sensitive production…As is typical with Foote, the gentle philosophical tone of the play rises above the story. In this case, the desire for stability in life takes precedence, as the strong ensemble embraces the flavorful dialogue full of gossip and humor.”
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Lighting & Sound America
June 23rd, 2017

"A genial, if undistinguished, production...Georgette is overshadowed by a typically colorful cast of Foote supporting characters, their magpie ways effortlessly stealing the limelight...There is much to enjoy here, most notably the way that the playwright conjures an entire universe of offstage characters with complicated histories, but this is one of his weaker pieces...Completists won't want to miss 'The Traveling Lady;' others can wait for a better production someday soon."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 22nd, 2017

“‘The Traveling Lady’ is somewhat heavy-handed in its construction and occasionally overburdens the scenes with weighty symbolism. Therefore, it may not rate in the top tier of the Foote canon, but it reflects the playwright in excellent form…Director Austin Pendleton has drawn some terrific performances from his ensemble…Ziemba offers a richly layered portrayal of a woman whose mother is mentally deteriorating before her.”
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TheaterScene.net
June 24th, 2017

"With wonderful performances and excellent staging, Horton Foote’s 1950, small-town Texas drama is tenderly revived...Besides shepherding these sensitive performances, director Pendleton has inventively staged the play...Pendleton’s keen direction injects insight, a measured pace and incites emotion, perfectly realizing Foote’s introspective vision...Though decidedly not a major play, this production is highly successful. It also affirms the enduring power of Foote."
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Theatre is Easy
June 22nd, 2017

"An excellent revival...Pendleton brings tremendous reverence to Foote, his ensemble, and the art of theatre in general, directing every moment with grace and sensitivity...While the production is top-notch, the script itself is not Foote’s best...Why revisit what feels like a writing exercise in the expansive 70-year career of a literary giant? I don’t have the answer. But if you are a Foote aficionado, you’ll find his play successfully and faithfully realized here with great love and loyalty."
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Theater Pizzazz
June 22nd, 2017

“A sleepy misfire directed by the ubiquitous Austin Pendleton…A company of first-class New York actors fails to find more in their roles than their obvious external features…Rarely does the atmosphere rise to compellingly dramatic levels; rarely is there any tension; and rarely do we care what happens to these people, who, for all their basic decency, seem little more than Dixie stereotypes. They drawl, gossip, smile, stare, and pause the time away, all on behalf of a foregone conclusion.”
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CurtainUp
June 22nd, 2017

“It needs a director and actors able to dig into the rhythm of Foote's words, and the personalities of his characters. Fortunately, director Pendleton and the cast are more than up to that challenge…Pendeleton overdoes the use of the aisle for the actors to enter and exit the stage a bit. However, his direction otherwise and the production values overall enhance and support this visit down Mr. Foote's very special and well worth visiting memory lane.”
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Front Row Center
June 23rd, 2017

"Wildly predictable...So, what’s the reason to hustle downtown to go there, again? In this case, it comes down to the acting...Difficult to say how much of the authenticity of the acting magic is owing to the director (Austin Pendleton) and how much to the craft and alchemy of the polished actors...There’s nothing wrong with 'The Traveling Lady' but there is little bite to it, little memorable about it, nothing surprising to take away. If you like Horton Foote, you will probably like this one."
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New York Theater
June 23rd, 2017

"Poignant, gently amusing, and peopled with believable small-town characters who struggle and strive to be decent, not always successfully...I have to admit that 'The Traveling Lady' didn’t really kick in for me until the last third of the play...If this production may have required more attentiveness than I was willing to give it, if it didn’t move me or amuse me as much I might have hoped, that may only be because Horton Foote is responsible for some of the best theater I’ve ever seen."
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The Huffington Post
June 22nd, 2017

“One of those just-about-flawless revivals that Foote seems to invite…Here it is again, under Austin Pendleton’s reliably sympathetic and spanking-clean direction…The minute Foote recognized there was playwriting gold in them thar plains had to have been the minute he started recording them for his series of high-caliber works. Here they are again, delivered by a strong cast. Hearty thanks to them all.”
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B
June 22nd, 2017

"Will Georgette catch a break? I was not at the edge of my seat waiting to find out. While the ensemble is mostly good, Pendleton’s direction is flat...The need for most of the actors to enter via the theater’s center aisle and up a few stairs grows tiresome quickly. While it’s always a pleasure to see Ziemba, she is wasted in a nondescript supporting role...Unless you are a fanatic Foote fan, you can skip this one."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
June 23rd, 2017

"The characters Foote has created grow on you right up until the very touching ending...The beauty of the play, directed with care and intelligence by Austin Pendleton, lies in Foote’s ability to develop believable characters and place them in believable surroundings. The excellent cast succeeds in making Foote’s characters come alive...Everything unites to make one leave with appreciation of having had a moving experience and renewed respect for the author."
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C
June 25th, 2017

"Directed by Pendleton with his usual insight and attentiveness to acting specificity...The beauty of Foote’s work, and this production, is that it is far from predictable. This is why much of Foote’s work, if executed with precision as Pendleton does with the assistance of the fine ensemble and artistic creative team, is greatly satisfying in its representation of homely Americana...This production is a gem. You will appreciate the strong performances by the ensemble and incisive direction."
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Off Off Online
June 23rd, 2017

"Top-flight character actors giving memorable supporting performances rescue the otherwise anodyne revival and make it worth an evening’s time...The current production...lacks the thrust and economy of Pendleton’s more distinguished work. Yet there are sequences in which his direction picks up speed with exhilarating effect; and, at those junctures, spectators may be reminded of high points in later (and better) Foote plays."
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City Cabaret
June 23rd, 2017

"Throughout the play, we see Foote's artistry with his quiet cast of characters whose lives are not as simple as they seems. Yet, they are believable and resolute as they face life's changes, disappointments and hardships...Pendleton paces the show with detailed authenticity and layered characters portrayed by a solid cast in another of Horton Foote's plays, a treasure chest of Americana and humanity."
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T
June 25th, 2017

"A simple little diversion, a gentle, bittersweet slice-of-life drama that is singularly American...'The Traveling Lady' is a creaky, old-fashioned tale of a more simpler time in America, a story that shows its age...Foote instills the hundred-minute intermissionless 'The Traveling Lady' with some charming moments, but there are not quite enough of them to sustain this production above being a nice, pleasurable detour."
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Epoch Times
June 25th, 2017

"The main attraction of the show is the easy camaraderie between the townspeople of Harrison...Sosko does a great job as Henry...Henry’s eventual meeting with Margaret Rose is particularly heart-wrenching...The only cast member not quite in sync with the story is Lichty...Despite a few missteps, 'The Traveling Lady' is quite the pleasant experience, with the show offering a gently layered look at a time when the world moved a little slower."
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More Than The Play Blog
June 22nd, 2017

"Pendleton successfully captures the pace and tone of Foote’s 'small Texas town' in 1950. The cast authentically portrays heartfelt camaraderie, Bible belt values, and compassion that is appropriate for the characters and time period...If you are a fan of Horton Foote, you will definitely enjoy this production. It will capture your heart and take you back to simpler times."
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Theater Time
June 22nd, 2017

“While not a perfect play and despite some unnecessarily fussy direction by Austin Pendleton, it is still Foote’s words and situations that have a beautifully real feel to them. Quite fortunately, it is also blessed with a lovely cast who personify the characters he has created…Lynn Cohen almost steals the show as the very funny but dotty neighbor Mrs. Mavis…The always reliable Ziemba does not disappoint as a woman who feels that life has passed her by.”
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Village Voice
June 28th, 2017

“Pendleton has succeeded admirably by keeping his actors at a medium-rare level of intensity…But Foote’s intention here seems somewhat overly concerned with explaining poor behavior and assorted other problems through bad parenting…With her patrician looks and manner, Lichty would probably be more at home in a Philip Barry drawing room than on a porch in Texas. This Georgette seems like a woman we don’t need to worry about."
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LA Splash
June 26th, 2017

"I urge all theatergoers who are even REMOTELY interested in an authentic American voice TO GO! An ensemble of ten perfectly cast players grace this venerable stage and serve up a quiet Texas ballad of a play with the assured staging of a master director...This new mounting exhibits how, in the hands of able actors and with seemingly unadorned direction, Foote’s perspective on the American landscape and its inhabitants can captivate, stir, amuse, and deeply move."
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