In Previews: Opens Nov 24 | Midtown W

The Young Man from Atlanta

From 63 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Dated, Slow

About the show

Danger waits just underneath the surface in Horton Foote’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of an aging couple still reeling from the death of their only child. More…

From the show:

Set against the backdrop of a rapidly modernizing 1950s Houston, the Kidders' lives are turned upside down once again when a figure from their son’s past shows up in town. They deny, deflect and deceive in an effort to avoid the danger but can’t dodge the inevitable reckoning. How far will these grieving parents go to avoid the truths this young man from Atlanta might reveal? Director Michael Wilson (The Orphans’ Home Cycle, The Old Friends), the premier interpreter of Foote’s work, returns to Signature to to bring to life this beautiful, heartbreaking play that explores and dissects the American dream while revealing the depths we go to in order to keep ourselves safe.

Member Reviews (63)


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

During previews
Disappointing, Dated, Strong acting, Rambles, Weak script

See it if you want to see every HF work. Why the Pulitzer? Doesn't build to end; no real resolution. Unlikable chars; women badly depicted. No point.

Don't see it if you want an intellig, insightful plot. Repetitive dialogue. Slow, banal, dull. Acting hard to assess, given inferior script. Polished prodn.

During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if You like theatre that shows a”slice of life”, past, present, future, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Great production!

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy subtlety. Set in the 1950’s there’s as much to be read between the lines here of what they say as what they actually say.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Overrated, Intelligent

See it if Some good acting,( Average of 2 widely different ratings.) Signature always on the ball. with play selection and lower prices for early runs

Don't see it if Main idea ignored similar to movie of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Yes, it was 1950 but... Although a Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote's MORE

Also other plays are superior. It is early in the run but some of the cast ... Read more Read less

During previews
Deeply affecting, 2 beautifully played leads, Well-constructed, Wise, Old-fashioned

See it if you’d like to see a well-played Well-Made Play shot through with feeling & human insight.

Don't see it if you are in the mood for theatrical innovation: This is a well-made Well-Made Play.

Also Yes, it’s 2019 & Horton Foote’s “The Young Man from Atlanta” feels old... Read more Read less

During previews
Set in houston tx in 1950, shows tragedy of rich white family unable to cope w new economic & social forces, particularly homosexuality of son; this is good, not top drawer horton foote

See it if shows how harmful it is 2 fetishize religion; strong Aidan Quinn & Kristine Nielsen as father & mother; handsome set/rich man's home

Don't see it if not as moving as original; weaknesses in plotting exposed; few actors provide combo authenticity/gentle satire roles demand

Also This play is a tale of two cities: Houston and Atlanta, representing t... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Dated, Resonant

See it if You love Foote and old-time Southern plays. This is a classic that slowly builds and, with these actors, it’s very effective.

Don't see it if You’d ask “why this play now?” because of its old-timey, Southern genteel manner — high on religion & low on diversity (save the maids).

During previews
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Forced retirement and a son's bilking friend take toll on a southern couple. Terrific Nielsen is the play's heart. "It's a new age, Will."

Don't see it if Slow fifteen-minute prologue hint at the slow southern-paced drama to come. "Are you on the Old Age Plan?

Also "Did Mrs. Roosevelt have anything to do with the Disappointments Clubs... Read more Read less

During previews
Sad, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Touch of yesterday. Son death leaves them with questions and not facing things about their son.

Don't see it if You want a fast pace show, musical. You want answers, and a ending.

Also Set 1950 a different time and way of thinking. They never said their s... Read more Read less

During previews
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Outstanding Broadway cast; set in 1950s. Both maids are sublime. Mom is high-energy & great comic! Dad gets quite mad over things.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with intermissions that fly by (2hr 10min). You don't like poignant plays that mention a gay son who killed himself.

During previews
Sad, Slow, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you are a Horton Foote fan and have liked previous productions of the play.

Don't see it if not one of Foote's best plays; everything seems obvious from the beginning though it probably would not have seemed so taking place in 1950.

Also It's sad to see an aging couple's life fall apart. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Horton foote always good!

See it if If you appreciate a great American writer.

Don't see it if You want comedy and musicals.

During previews
Ugly set, Great acting

See it if You like a family drama that feels like an old classic

Don't see it if You need a lot of fireworks on stage. This is a classic family drama where the dialogue, not action moves things along

Also I felt like I was watching a play that was written in the 1950s. I tho... Read more Read less

During previews
Foote's foray into homophobia

See it if It's pretty clear early on that the dead son was gay. What's fascinating is how Foote has Kristine Nielsen and Aidan Quinn dance around it.

Don't see it if Not Foote's best, but excellent nonetheless. Supporting cast is fine; Harriet Foy as the maid. Jonny Orsini is Jon now, but just as cute.

Also Horton Foote himself does the pre-curtain announcement. I was the only... Read more Read less

During previews
Sad, Great writing, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Kristine Nielsen and Aidan Quinn lead a marvelous cast in a play that is sad, touching and relevant. Heartbreaking and moving.

Don't see it if If you like your shows wrapped up in a neat bow in the end, this might not be for you. It offers no easy answers to the questions it poses.

During previews
Pleasant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like Horton Foote. Acting excellent especially Aiden Quinn. Good old fashioned play.

Don't see it if you don't like unanswered questions. The main plot is unresolved. Not Horton Foote's best, but still okay.

During previews
Overrated, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You are a Foote completist and missed this one earlier when it must have worked better and won the Pulitzer .

Don't see it if You become impatient with over acting or expect consistent styles from all actors. What may have been daring 25 yrs ago seems flat.

During previews
If you love horton foote

See it if You love this playwright, miss straight plays with developing characters and stories. I saw an early preview, hoping things tighten up.

Don't see it if Play was a bit corny, naive, but comfortable. I think the unspoken was obvious from the start, but watched the characters admit to truths

During previews
Aging couple cling to the image they have of their dead son as their world closes in on them

See it if You like family dramas set in the past. You enjoy the pull between the old ways and the new ideas that threaten them.

Don't see it if You don’t like subtleties.

During previews
Poignant, Wordy, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You appreciate Horton Foote—this is among his best, character driven, grounded in reality.

Don't see it if You don’t like period pieces; two-act play with intermission.

Also The indignities of aging, a fast decline. Truly sad because the issues... Read more Read less

During previews
Inconsistent casting, Struggling with grief & homophobia, Snapshot of an american time & place, In previews & needs to cure, Kristine nielsen is perfect

See it if You are a fan of Horton Foote or Kristine Nielsen (Quinn struggles to establish character). Interest in American south, 1950s.

Don't see it if You are an impatient listener. Need action rather than dialogue.

Also Similar themes to Death of a Salesman.

During previews
Overrated, Slow, Funny

See it if you want to see Pulitzer-winners and see how they've aged. If you want to see Kristine Neilsen deliver another terrific performance.

Don't see it if you're expecting something deeper.

Also It's truly confusing how this won a Pulitzer for it's very by the numb... Read more Read less

During previews
Exquisite, Enchanting, Beautifully staged, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a beautiful production of this very fine Horton Foote play. Kristine Nielsen is outstanding as Lily Dale.

Don't see it if You do not like quiet, contemplative family dramas.

During previews
Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy really good acting and writing. The show was so good that I thought I was on Broadway rather than off-broadway

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical

During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thoughtful, Sensitive

See it if Brilliant writing, thoughtful denouement, and carefully melded story that stays with you long after it unfurls.

Don't see it if Complex character story where things are only shown, rarely told. Wonderful acting. This is slow and thoughtful

Also This a story told in nuances and gradually in stages as well as throug... Read more Read less

During previews
Dated, Slow, Great writing

See it if you love Horton Foote's writing, in a play which is dated because attitudes toward homosexuality have changed so radically in 25 years.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about the South, especially one so dated both re homosexuality and the balance of power in most marriages.

Also The leading man was inaudible muchof the time. I think Kristine Nielse... Read more Read less

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