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"The Trip to Bountiful" (review) (thru May 15, 2016)

Short Description of "The Trip to Bountiful" (review) (thru May 15, 2016)

“The Trip to Bountiful”

At Capital Rep


Albany, NY

When Horton Foote took Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and brought it to life for the screenplay, he had a big task ahead of him: How do we take the Old Time South, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and bring it into households everywhere. For many of us, we learned what the south was like through this book. It put a face on what we learned in school.

“The Trip to Bountiful”, set in 1953 Houston, Texas, carries this torch of understanding even further. But the lessons learned here are not of ardent racism and one man’s fight for justice like they were in “Mockingbird”; rather, they center on one woman’s inner struggle and inner fight for justice against time and against herself. That woman is Carrie Watts, masterfully played by Barbara N. Howard, who makes both her first professional debut as an actress, and who simultaneously earns her Actor’s Equity wings—all while bringing to the stage a hymn she owns the very rights to.

With no plot giveaway the stage opens to a gray background and a rocking chair with our main character. We are quickly introduced to Watts’ son (West) and daughter in law (Renee), and realize the gray background runs much deeper than the wall it covers. Surrounded by old age,  gray walls, and gray relationships, Carrie Watts sets off on a bus alone to find her mystical childhood home in Bountiful, Texas, opening up a play wrought with human emotion and questions, as she tries to answer the one question we all want to know before we move on: Can we ever return home, and where exactly is home?

Perhaps home is the swing we were pushed on by our parents. Maybe it is the old porch we saw our grandparents rock their chairs on. Maybe it was even the view we had from our bedroom window. Home is, after all, the memories of our loved ones, our childhood, where we found peace and comfort as a child, and where the biggest problem was finding where to put the salamanders and fireflies we caught.

Here, Watts finds peace, but so do you. She wants to go home, to that place in her mind, before she makes that ultimate journey home. She brings you with her. You find an old friend here, a friend you feel you've known your entire life--the friend you used to catch salamanders and fireflies with, but she's an Old Soul now.

This play is a long overdue joy to make its way to Capital Rep. You will consistently find good acting here. The scenery is powerful, gray and commanding, necessarily so, complementing the true meaning of this story .

Initially, you wonder where this play is going. The dialogue, however, along with Howard’s performance, instantly grabs your mind and pokes at your curiosity. You put on your Mockingbird hat and let your mind wonder not just through the south, but through the meaning of home and heart. Howard’s performance is stunning, impeccable, flawless. Although she had great company on stage, this woman’s performance was unbelievably outstanding.

Go see it.

   --Richard DiMaggio, didyouweekend.com

one intermission

Written: Horton Foote

Directed by: Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill


Barbara K. Howard

Kevin Craig West

Sadrina Renee

Danyel Fulton

Sheilah London-Miller

Josh Powell

Tony Pallone

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