I saw this show while it was in previews. The Trip to Bountiful is a beautifully simple story of a feisty elderly lady's journey back to her place of birth to return to her roots and renew her dignity. Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams, Condola Rashad and Tom Wopat give outstanding performances but it is Cicely Tyson that steals the show with her Tony worthy performance as the impish elderly and totally lovable Carrie Watts. Ms Tyson fills the stage with her magnificent talent which keeps you rapt in her character from beginning to end. Cecily Tyson has said she plans on retiring after this show finishes (let's hope she changes her mind---please) so if you want to witness a gifted treasure of the theater please go see this play. Some performances are good, some are great. This one is memorable.
Run to see Trip to Bountiful. Cicely Tyson transforms the stage in what is sure to be a Tony award winning performance supported by Condola Rashad, Cuba Gooding, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat all giving equally extraordinary performances. Cicely Tyson is an icon and this is clear to understand after witnessing her grace the stage with humility and mesmerizing perfection. After the first performance of this show on Saturday evening the audience could not wait for the curtain to fall before it rose to its feet with a standing ovation and would not sit down. Trip to Bountiful will engage your mind and touch your heart as every member of this cast makes the connection with you after the delivery of their first lines and never lets that connection go. Buy tickets before there are none to be had.
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