The Trip to Bountiful Review
The Trip to Bountiful has received nominations for 4 Tony Awards for the year 2013. These nominations include Best Performance by an actress and Best Revival of a Play.
The play is about an old lady by the name of Carrie Watts (the role that Cicely Tyson plays), who has dreams of returning to her small Texas hometown called Bountiful. She wants to do this just one time, although it will be against the wishes of her son who is very protective. The overprotective son role is played by Cuba Gooding. Carrie Watts has an overbearing daughter-in-law called Jessie Mae (Vanessa Williams)
The journey that Carrie Watts take to the small hometown eventually becomes a heartbreaking undertaking but in the end, she becomes settled after accomplishing her wish. The whole journey is an inspiring story that shows how fragile memory can be. The wit that Carrie has to get to her hometown shows just how powerful hope and faith can be.
The production of this play opened on the night of Tuesday and was directed by Michael Wilson. Carrie Watts plays elderly and she is a prisoner of circumstance and family in a Houston apartment. The first appearance is that of a stooped character who looks breakable. Her grey and grizzled cap makes her look almost 90, though she is not far from the real age of the actor which is 88. When she finally escapes from the watchful eyes of her son and his wife, the old lady looks younger again as she gathers enough energy to take her back to her hometown.
Jessie has been warning her mother-in-law about the consequences of wallowing into the past, but Watts cannot be shaken because she knows very well that there is a lot to be drawn from her good old rural land where she was brought up.
Watching the show tells you that it's like the rejuvenation of the prowess that Ms. Tyson has for acting, and it really is a return to Broadway. She last was seen here in 1983. The lively part of the production is the transformation Carrie to a song and dance lady, which is a section in the second act. This point is where she gets to the bus stop in Harrison. She has the freedom of doing what she likes most and that is singing hymns, a thing that she cannot do in Houston due to the gagging of her daughter-in –law Jessie Mae. With the freedom and the expectation of getting to the old town she can now deliver a perfect rendition of "Blessed Assurance".
The revival of Bountiful leaves the audience with a lot of optimism. How the return to a motherland can erase cruel lifetimes makes one wish to be able to roll back the hands of time.