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.
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
See it if A period snapshot of many different characters bouncing off each other is sufficient to absorb your interest.
Don't see it if You expect plots to be resolved, seek thought provoking dialogue, and want fast moving action.
See it if You want to see a production with good character development and people you care about.
Don't see it if You want to see a typical Horton Foote where the drama is as interesting as the characters.
See it if you are an avid Horton Foote fan who never passes up a chance to see one of his plays. This is second-drawer Foote.
Don't see it if you don't need to see the citizens of Harrison, TX yet again in a not very compelling play.
See it if you're a Horton Foote die-hard. But there is no denying that this a lesser play. A superb cast, save for the leading actress.
Don't see it if you can't stand slow moving dramas. Just not enough of interest here for me. And the leading actress does not have the chops to pull it off.
See it if You're curious about Horton Foote's theatre work and the veteran theatre names who are involved.
Don't see it if With one or two exceptions, acting is short on relationship, humor, pettiness, jealousy, yearning, sex and charm. Foote not well served.
See it if Your choice is watching paint dry or 9 excellent actors work (there are 10 in the cast). This play should have been a short story.
Don't see it if you have anything of value to do with your life for 100 minutes...you don't get that time back and you can't yell "Speed it up a little."