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.
See it if Old fashioned play. Well acted and written. Not obvious. Keeps one guessing.
Don't see it if Some characters that lengthen the play but add next to nothing save for the run time.
See it if Well acted, well directed play with good lighting. If you like Horton Foote.
Don't see it if The play is inconclusive and leaves you wanting a finality. Play only scratches the surface.
See it if 60-y.o. couple struggles to move on after son's suicide and man's job loss. Poses questions about masculinity, love & money.
Don't see it if You are uninterested in characters struggling to navigate 1950's gender roles & attitudes. Slow, lingering scenes.
See it if u want to see Foote's inexplicable Pulitzer winner about secret lives, coping with modernity & loss (of life, career, dignity, money, trust)
Don't see it if u expect to meet Foote's Willy Loman or experience an important & impactful play from this prominent writer. [This is 2nd rate HF, at best]
See it if Galvanic performances from Quinn & Nielsen (w/an exquisite cameo from Bowie) help steady Foote's tonally shaky tale of quiet desperation
Don't see it if The melding of two major 20th century themes - downsizing & gay identity -never quite works & often feels forced despite a moving ending
See it if you would like a view of post WW2 in America where business/work/wealth collides with the American dream home/family/death. Great costumes.
Don't see it if you do not like productions of the 190's that have a different pace and do not provide all the answers. Here you have to think for yourself.
See it if you're a fan of Horton Foote & Michael Wilson's interpretation, curious as to how play won Pulitzer, like family sagas with secrets & denial
Don't see it if don't like slow-moving, obvious plot, you find Kirstein Nielsen annoying (she does fine), odd set (what with the doors?),or gay subtext
See it if you enjoy excellent traditional dramas with clear plot points and themes that leave you thinking.
Don't see it if you prefer musicals or experimental work.
See it if you like a drama with great acting and wonderful writing. These are characters you can care about and relate to. I was very moved.
Don't see it if you like comedy or avant garde theater. This is a down to earth play done in a down to earth way.
See it if Love Foote even if work is lesser. This one inches up to look at son's homosexuality but then can't confront. Characters are one-note.
Don't see it if Want to be moved (you won't be), are ok w long plays that don't have much action, expect set/staging to make sense, are ok w miscast cast.
See it if You are a Horton Foote fan and love plays that take place in the 1950s. Aiden Quinn is a reason to see this play. Lots of twists and turns.
Don't see it if You expect a lot of action and a fast paced show. Foote takes time to develop his characters. It may be too slow for some.
See it if you are a Foote completist or a fan of the actors or if you are eager to find out why this play won a Pulitzer. It hasn't aged well.
Don't see it if you are expecting to see Horton Foote at his best as in The Trip to Bountiful, Dividing the Estate or The Orphans' Home Cycle.
See it if want 50s kitchen sink drama experience, like Horton Foote, Kristine Nielsen or Aidan Quinn -all excellent, desire slow reveal or none at all
Don't see it if don't like the Inge, Miller, Hellman etc school of playwriting, need tapping toes or full orchestra to enliven U, gay subtext drives U wild
See it if you love old movies, if AMC is your go-to.Good actors, badly directed, giving weak performances.Plot should have touched me.It didn't.
Don't see it if you want a show that tells you something meaningful.This has a heart but never reveals it.It's all talk without letting us discover it. Yawn
See it if a Horton Foote fan & appreciate a leisurely paced period piece with a mid-20th century sensibility. Attractive set; Quinn & Bowie excellent
Don't see it if want something more modern & faster paced; expecting more from a Pulitzer Prize winning play.
See it if a semi-bleak, open-ended drama about buried secrets unspun again and again after the death of a couple’s son appeals; a fan of the actors.
Don't see it if expecting a tightly wrapped-up finale and total closure; need a more contemporary and shocking drama that doesn’t feel a tad musty.
See it if You want to see a play from back in the day about a couple still dealing with the death of their son and other challenges.
Don't see it if You don't like plays from days gone by. You don't want to get a few laughs. You don't want to see some great writing, acting and staging.
See it if you enjoy plays about family dynamics, people under stress, in-depth characterizations, class issues, homosexuality & values done expertly.
Don't see it if you want light entertainment that is not sad and are distressed by seeing "real" people suffer as their lives fall apart.
See it if Changing times of masculinity / what it means to be a man when faced with hardships, like a gay son. Really felt the feels.
Don't see it if Suicide, death of a child, or homophobia are triggering.
See it if you are a fan of Horton Foote, or if you want to see how much the theatre writing has changed since this was written.
Don't see it if you don't care about Foote, or if family dramas are not your thing. This was like an Arthur Miller play turned inside out.
See it if to experience naive perspective of post WWII aging middle class businessman and entitled Southern belle housewife in modernizing society
Don't see it if you prefer plays with definitive dramatic tension/climax/action/expression to repetitive chatter not enhancing plot/character development
See it if A period piece of the changed South and struggles of the ruling class.
Don't see it if You want a happy and cheerful play.
See it if you want to see a couple experience the disillusionment of their beliefs amid shattering self-realization. Some powerful acting.
Don't see it if the implicit comparisons to Death of a Salesman make this Pulitzer Prize winning play come in a distant second place.
See it if You want to see a classic play that explores the aftermath of parents who lose a son. His life is a mystery to them.
Don't see it if You like more modern plays but this play retains its effect after many years.
Also Aiden Quinn and Kristine Nielsen are excellent.
See it if You like well written stories with wonderful actors on stage to take you with them on this well told journey.
Don't see it if You want a happy go lucky play. This will leave you with deep feelings that you may not want to experience