Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –
The Trip to Bountiful is based on Oscar®, Pulitzer Prize, and Emmy Award winning author Horton Foote’s Tony Award nominated play. It is a story that is both courageous and moving that celebrates of the human spirit.
Set in the 50s, the story focuses on Mrs. Carrie Watts (Cicely Tyson) who lives in a cramped, two-room apartment in Houston with her son Ludie (Blair Underwood) and daughter-in-law Jessie Mae (Vanessa Williams).
When Carrie continues to express a desire to return to her home town of Bountiful, she is immediately reprimanded by her daughter-in-law and warned not to run away by Ludie. Jessie Mae also accuses her mother-in-law of hiding/losing her pension check, but through all of this, Carrie keeps her calm and plans her escape.
The entire cast is amazing, but truly the only reason to see The Trip to Bountiful is to see Cicely Tyson’s performance. She is a joy to watch. Although I found her performance to be powerful, the best part for me was watching this legendary actress perform right before in front of me.
As Jessie Mae, Vanessa Williams, is wonderfully entertaining as the sassy and self-centered daughter-in-law of Mother Watts. She may be portrayed as the “villain” of the show, but she performs with so much humor you actually feel bad for her and what she has to deal with.
Blair Underwood is gentle as the man who is torn between his mother and wife.
The plot is simple and the message is beautiful. The Trip to Bountiful is definitely a show not to be missed!
The Trip to Bountiful is now playing at the Cutler Majestic through December 07, 2014. Tickets are now on sale at the Cutler Majestic box office, through www.cutlermajestic.org or by calling 617.824.8000