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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.