The Trip to Bountiful

September 27, 2014 4:19 PM

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Horton Foote's enchanting tale of an old woman's single-minded quest to return to her childhood home gets a memorable production under the deft direction of Michael Wilson and featuring thrilling performances by Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood. Foote's play has had many incarnations since it debuted as a television play on NBC in 1953 with Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint, most famously as a feature film starring Geraldine Page. As a playwright, Foote had a quiet, courtly approach to his dramas, which often made his work seem tame or intimate in comparison with his more flamboyant contemporaries.

However, this latest production, which opened at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles after a successful Broadway run, demonstrates the power of Foote's approach. Wilson and his exceptional cast have found great moments of wit and levity in Foote's script, something that was lacking in previous rendi...

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