What Is the Story of The Trip to Bountiful?
Horton Foote’s emotional 1953 play tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who longs to return to her beloved hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one final time before she dies. Carrie’s protective son Ludie and authoritarian daughter-in-law Jessie Mae forbid her to leave Houston, although Carrie and Jessie Mae are constantly butting heads in the Watts family's two-room apartment. While Ludie is at work and Jessie Mae is at the drugstore, Carrie escapes to the bus station, and befriends a young woman named Thelma. Together, the new friends travel toward Bountiful together, but when Carrie arrives in nearby Harrison, Texas, she discovers her beloved town isn’t the same as she remembered it.
Move over, you adorable scamps in ‘Annie.’ Settle down, weird girls in ‘Matilda.’ Broadway has a new unlikely heroine, a frail widow who hums hymns and has a bad heart.Review by Mark Kennedy from Associated Press
[Vanessa Williams is] a delight to watch, and looks sensational in Van Broughton Ramsey’s period costumes.Review by David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter
What Is The Trip to Bountiful Like?
In the first-ever Broadway revival of Foote’s drama, 79-year-old Oscar winner Cicely Tyson takes on the tour-de-force role of Carrie—her first Broadway role in 30 years. Directed with tenderness by Michael Wilson, this bittersweet tale of Carrie’s journey from Houston to Bountiful is heightened with breathtaking sets by Jeff Cowie. Running two hours with one intermission, this touching tearjerker is just like getting a big hug from Grandma.
Is The Trip to Bountiful Good For Kids?
No. Older teens may get on board with The Trip to Bountiful, but Carrie’s story is likely to go over the heads of younger children.