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The Traveling Lady

From 82 member  reviews
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.  More…

'The Traveling Lady' is the tale of an intrepid woman who journeys to a small town in Texas to reunite with her husband upon his release from prison. Directed by Austin Pendleton, the production is part of Cherry Lane Theatre's 2nd Founder's Project, and a co-production with La Femme Theatre Productions.

Member Reviews (82)


Slow, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining, Absorbing
Avg Score

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.

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

Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy wonderful character studies. I enjoyed watching the plot unfold of these small town characters. Very talented cast.

Don't see it if you want lots of action and powerful dialogue. I enjoyed the realism of this play. It doesn't blow you away, it just make you an observer.

Absorbing, Dated, Great acting, Masterful, Slow

See it if you are a Horton Foote completist and want to see all of his plays on stage. This is definitely second-tier Foote.

Don't see it if you don't like slowly paced plays without much action.

Also The play is acted by a superb ensemble cast. Lynn Cohen and Karen Ziem... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Dated, Slow

See it if you are a big fan of Foote; typical of his genre; folksy and endearing characters; plodding and somewhat predictable.

Don't see it if you dislike Horton Foote's plays; you can't stand too too cute little girls lisping adorably; not a fan of senile little old ladies.

Slow, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You can appreciate Horton Foote's work. This is not his best. Many in the cast give super performances.

Don't see it if If you can't deal with slooww performance. If you've never seen Foote's work before.

Entertaining, Worth seeing

See it if you like Horton Foote.Lynn Cohen gives brilliant performance. She is worth the price of the ticket.A masterclass in making a small role big

Don't see it if you are looking for heavy, meaningful drama.It's typical Foote, entertaining, light.Go to see Lynn Cohen. Wow. What a performance.

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you enjoy an engrossing story with interesting characters, each with their own issues, complexly interacting.

Don't see it if you don't like Horton Foote or shows that take their time to develop.

Great acting, Excellent direction, Perceptive writing, Intelligent, Predictable

See it if you like stories about small town folks with perceptive insights into people trying to cope with their conditions and superb acting.

Don't see it if you dislike stories that focus on the minutia of everyday problems and is somewhat predictable.

Old-fashioned, Slow, Disappointing, Just not a great work

See it if on a hot summer afternoon you need to slow down and sip a verbal lemonade for 90 minutes.

Don't see it if You need meaningful dialogue that doesn't make you feel you're doing charity work in a old peoples' home.

Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Touching

See it if you appreciate drama about timeless familial relationships and personal struggles set in Southern towns in 1940s. Bull, Cohen, Tetlow excell

Don't see it if you prefer musicals, large sets, or drama featuring blacks, Hispanics, Asians, LGBTQs or other ethnicities/minorities or cannot sit 105 min.

Excellent ensemble, Engrossing / absorbing, Very well-staged, Very well-paced, Heart-warming

See it if you enjoy good theater, PERIOD. Excellent ensemble - both comedic and serious. NO ONE broke onstage all night - even the line-less sheriff!

Don't see it if you expect high-drama w/big set-changes. It's a simple, down-home country tale, gifted us by great story-tellers. As warm as just-baked pie.

Also Pleasantly surprised. You LIKE every character from the get-go. Even t... Read more Read less

Slow, Great acting, Under developed characters, talkie

See it if you are a fan of Horton Foote's work about a lady coming in to town to meet her paroled husband and the disappointments she encounters

Don't see it if you are not a fan of talkie, slow moving shows about southern life styles & values & how neighbors are like family helping out strangers.

Dated, Sweet, Slow, Melodramatic, Cultural snapshot

See it if Are a Fan of Foote's work. Like a sweetly told tale of small town Texan melodrama.

Don't see it if You are easily perturbed by uneven accents (not accurately Texan). Need action and elaborate production values.

Precious, Quaint, #smalltown, #touching, #tiny

See it if The quintessential "Lets Put On A Play" with our best friends at our local theatre feel with a midlevel Horton Foote text

Don't see it if Feels like the first class production of a show you might find in a suburb more than 90 minutes from a major city

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Dated, Slow

See it if you enjoy Horton Foote's plays about real people and real problems. The acting and direction are excellent.

Don't see it if you want an up to date story. The theme of this play has been done many times since Horton Foote wrote "The Traveling Lady" in 1955.

Also Seeing the play was like spending a delightful time with good people.


See it if for a low key southern drama. Not a lot of action, but interesting and engaging character interactions. Very good acting carry this show.

Don't see it if you want an action packed play. Don't go unless you like character studies.

Great acting, Funny, Slow

See it if if you like plays by Horton Foote - even though it is not one of his best - it still it had a nice story with interesting characters.

Don't see it if if you need to see fast moving plays that have huge profound ideas.

Worth a trip, y'all

See it if Foote's writing again ensnares the audience. Southern charm and rhythm is pleasant to experience. Fantastic set design; even glowing bugs.

Don't see it if You need medium to fast pace and modernity.

Also Plot is so minimalist, really everyone’s reaction to title character's... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Exquisite, Funny, Must see, Profound

See it if you love good theater. This is a charming and touching play by the masterful playwright, Horton Foote. Jean Lichty is the lovely lead.

Don't see it if If you know and love Foote's work, you will have a memorable experience. Don't like Foote's work? Well, look elsewhere for theater magic.

Entertaining, Romantic, Slow, Great staging, Well acted

See it if you enjoy Horton Foote. The pacing is leisurely.

Don't see it if you expect top-notch Horton Foote writing. This is not as good as The Trip to Bountiful, but still quite enjoyable.

Cliched, Dated, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Horton Foote! His plays can take place anywhere at anytime. Very good acting!

Don't see it if Are not a Horton Foote fan and are not into family sagas.

Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Refreshing, Fluffy

See it if I enjoyed this sweet and simple revival. Angelina Fiordellisi's great performance transported me.

Don't see it if Although it may be perfectly suited for the production, the set was a big turnoff to me. It felt a bit like community theatre at times.

Slow, Sentimental, Well-acted

See it if Not Foote's best. Unsurprising, with characters curiously (deliberately?) lacking backstories. The acting will hold you.

Don't see it if You're looking for action, meaning, insights

Great acting, Absorbing, Romantic, Great writing, Heartwarming

See it if you like Horton Foote plays about simple, sincere people trying to be kind to one another even in iffy circumstances, realistic portrayals.

Don't see it if You don't like tales of rural Southern life, ex-convicts trying to reintegrate into everyday life, mother-daughter good-natured bickering..

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 inte...
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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, teet...
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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’...
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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...
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