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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

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

Well acted, Cliched, Disappointing writing, Many unresolved subplots, Slow

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.

Great acting, Resonant, Disappointing, Overrated, Thought-provoking

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.

Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You want to see an intelligent Southern soap opera

Don't see it if You value sparkling dialog and balanced ensemble acting

Also The acting covers the range from wooden to engaging. The exposition is... Read more Read less

Slow, Great acting, Great writing

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.

During previews
Slow, Dated, Disappointing, Old fashioned

See it if You like old fashioned plays, stories of small towns in the 1950's south.

Don't see it if It's well acted but the pacing and story are VERY slow - too slow for me.

During previews
Dated, Slow

See it if You like talky dated plays where nothing much happens.

Don't see it if You need action in a play; you don't like plays with talk, talk, talk. 1 hour 55 minutes no intermission, feels much longer.

During previews
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Awkward staging

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.

Also Kim Stanley played the title role during its brief Broadway run in 195... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Love Foote and want to see a lesser work to complete the set

Don't see it if You want action or pace or comedy. This a rather uninteresting slice of life . We've seen better from the playwright .

During previews

See it if You're a Foote fan. 9 out of 10 good actors.

Don't see it if don't like very slight plays This one needs a great leading actress to make it work. This production doesn't have one. Ziemba;'s not lead.

During previews
Disappointing, Slow

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.

During previews
Dated, Banal, Great acting, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you like Foote and old-fashioned plays about times gone by.

Don't see it if you are looking for a top tier Foote play. The production values and acting is good, but the play is not.

During previews
Missed opportunity, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

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.

Also A beautiful desperate young woman comes to a sleepy Texas backwater to... Read more Read less

During previews
Time stands still, the fault of poor pacing

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 don't get that time back and you can't yell "Speed it up a little."

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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