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The Pershing Square Signature Center/The Irene Diamond Stage

480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019

2hrs, 5mins
1 Intermission
Important Dates
Aug 20, 2013
Sep 12, 2013
Oct 20, 2013
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Signature Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Horton Foote's drama.


<I>The Old Friends</I> Star Betty Buckley Talks Bugs, Belting & Her Beloved Donkey on <I>Side By Side</I>


Hallie Foote as Sybil Borden and Betty Buckley as Gertrude Hayhurst Sylvester Ratliff in  The Old Friends

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What Is the Story of The Old Friends?
Set in Texas in 1965, The Old Friends tells the story of two well-to-do farming families who have gathered at elderly matriarch Mamie Borden’s house to welcome her son Hugo and daughter-in-law Sybil back from Venezuela. Rich socialite Gertrude Hayhurst Sylvester Ratliff and her new husband Howard are among the guests, but Gertrude is more interested in having a drink at the party next door than waiting for Hugo and Sybil. When Sybil finally arrives, alone, she reveals distressing news and announces that she’s moving back home. As she makes arrangements to rent a house from Gertrude, Sybil reconnects with Howard, who is her ex-fiance. Sybil finds solace in Howard’s friendship, but Gertrude begins to act out, making life increasingly difficult for Sybil. As Gertrude and Sybil argue, generations of family feuds, disagreements and resentments rise to the surface.

Critics’ Reviews

Receiving its world premiere four years after the playwright’s death, Horton Foote’s 'The Old Friends' is receiving a sterling production by the Signature Theatre Company that would surely have pleased the author of such classics as 'The Trip to Bountiful' and 'The Orphans’ Home Cycle.'

Review by Frank Scheck from The Hollywood Reporter

Director Michael Wilson, a seasoned Foote interpreter represented on Broadway with 'The Trip to Bountiful,' guides his starry cast with a sure hand. The production design is rich in handsome period details.

Review by Joe Dziemianowicz from The New York Daily News

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Old Friends Like?
Written by prolific late playwright Horton Foote, The Old Friends is a never-before-seen drama featuring a star-studded ensemble cast, many of whom worked closely with Foote throughout his career. The production, which is darker and more humorous than the work Foote is typically known for, is masterfully directed by Michael Wilson, one of the premiere interpreters of the playwright’s work. The Signature Theatre Company world premiere features stately sets by Jeff Cowie and elegant costumes by David C. Woolard, creating a lush, vibrant production that is not to be missed.

Is The Old Friends Good For Kids?
Aside from some mild violence and alcohol use, The Old Friends is isn't inappropriate for children, but kids aren’t likely to connect to the characters or the story of this play. Getting younger children to sit still for the production clocking in at two hours and 20 minutes, may be a difficult task—older teens, however, might enjoy the production.