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Review: THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL at The Classic Theatre of San Antonio

By: Feb. 26, 2019
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Written by renowned playwright Horton Foote, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL is a moving story of family, reminiscing on things that once were, and longing for home. For Carrie Watts, her home is in Bountiful not in a cramped apartment in Houston where she lives with her son and daughter-in-law. As the play progresses, the idea of home is questioned as the characters discover home might mean something a little different than what they once thought.

Alison Bridget Chambers was excellent as Jessie Mae, Carrie's entitled and dominating daughter-in-law. Chambers brought welcomed energy and tension to the show. Her fights with Carrie were rightfully hard to watch and all too real. The conflicts brought about were accurately depicted in her expert facial expressions. It was hard to keep your eyes off of her in a scene; she drew you into the story and begged empathy from her point of view, even if it wasn't entirely deserved.

As Carrie's meek son who always tried to do right, Steven Starr was wonderful. He was a perfect contrast to his wife as he tried to so desperately to forget the past his mother couldn't let go of. It was impossible not to feel for Ludie and his quest for peace and belonging.

Horton Foote is known for creating authentic female characters but it takes incredible talent to bring them from the page into reality. In the lead role of Carrie Watts, Magda Porter shined. She embodied her character with immaculate grace and poise. She was honest in the words she said and it was impossible not to feel as if you too had fond memories of her beloved hometown. The standing ovation in her honor at the show's conclusion could not have been more deserved.

The set, designed and crafted by Diane Malone and Chris King, did wonders to express the show's true essence. Purposefully simple at times, the set pieces cleverly served diverse functions. The lighting and sound also enhanced the production. During one scene it felt as though the audience were truly surrounded by trees as the characters walked through a forest watching birds fly by.

Do yourself a favor and see THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL now playing at The Classic Theatre of San Antonio until March 10, 2019. Visit the theatre's website or call 210-589-8450 for tickets.

Photo Credit: Siggi Ragnar


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