The Last of the Thorntons

by Horton Foote

Lucy Brightman and Stephanie Mumford in Horton Foote’s Last of the Thorntons

QTC Archives: 2001-2002 Season

Directed by Jack Sbarbori. Featuring Barry Abrams, Martha Cashion Abrams, Heather Benjamin, Lucy Brightman, Jack French, Susan Holliday, Cody Jones, Stephanie Mumford, Rhoda Sakolsky, Barbara Scheide, and Mark Stevenson.

When a theatre company is formed specifically to produce the plays of one playwright you can expect them to have an affinity for his works…they get it right…a thoughtful staging of an engrossing work…Lucy Brightman is utterly believable as a 78-year-old gentle lady visiting her friends at the nursing home. The way she holds her hand signals a formal training in deportment on her youth, and the bright shine in her eyes speaks of her pride in her age and station. Jack French is equally convincing as an 85-year-old resident who plays a lengthy hand of solitaire, and repeatedly laments “practically everyone I know is dead.” The last of the Thorntons is Stephanie Mumford who accomplishes the difficult task of making confusion crystal clear. Her character is a bit addled, but her performance is precise with telling little details. …the physical production is a detailed recreation of time and place. Viewing this production is precisely what Foote seemed to have imagined – eavesdropping on real people in a real place.

Hathaway, Potomac Stages

…Mumford, Brightman, and French carry most of the play admirably. …(French’s) recounting of the loss of his home to the Baptist Church provides…the most affecting moment. Barry Abrams…in a short, sharp performance…argues over the fate of the Houston property…with businesslike politeness, careful focus, and insincere smiles. …Well-wrought and often engaging evening.

Dempsey, City Paper

…the Quotidian cast, featuring Stephanie Mumford as Alberta, Lucy Brightman as Fannie Mae, and Jack French as Lewis Reavis, serve the script well as they rattle around Jack Sbarbori’s eerily accurate waiting room set…even the audience cannot escape the characters’ fear, confusion, and resentment at being confined to a place they never chose…

Biern, Metro Connection, WAMU

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