REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Roads To Home” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | Oct 6, 2016
“The Roads To Home,” written by Horton Foote and directed by Michael  Wilson, opened on October 5, 2016 in New York City. “The Roads To Home,” written by Horton Foote and directed by Michael Wilson, opened on October 5, 2016 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

9 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 77.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70
"This loose-jointed triptych hardly ranks among Foote’s finest work...'The Roads to Home' lacks the seamlessness of Foote at his best; often, its dialogue seems not woven but nailed together. But for a Southern boy like me, the sound of Ms. Foote and Harriet Harris rattling on...is a home-baked treat too delicious to miss...Foote and Harris surf their characters’ streams of consciousness with a virtuosic lack of self-consciousness, giving equal weight to the trivial and the tragic."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 80
"Under the sensitive direction of Michael Wilson, the production is gorgeously designed and beautifully acted as the drama maintains a constant low boil...Theatergoers who live for sharp-tongued exchanges and explosive confrontations are likely to be underwhelmed by Foote's quietly tragic drama. But if you take the time to slow down and really listen, you're likely to find a vibrant epic within the subtext, a snapshot of a bygone age that still reflects our present condition."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Michael Wilson’s firm, translucent production hits the right notes of melancholy, dry humor and nostalgia we’ve come to expect from the author of 'The Trip to Bountiful' and 'The Orphans Home Cycle'...There are lovely performances by two great ladies of the stage: Hallie Foote and Harriet Harris...The final act, set in an Austin asylum where Annie has lost the narrative thread of her life, is both deeply sad and gently whimsical—a magic trick that only Horton could pull off."

“The Roads To Home” was also reviewed by Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Scott Mitchell of What's On Off Broadway, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 67 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 78.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Absorbing, Funny

Linda 22, ShowScore: 86
See it if…"You are a Horton Foote fan or someone who likes conversational plays. To see masterful performances. The title says it all."  
Don't see it if…"You cannot pay attention to quick patter. You do not like plays that take time to unravel the story. You do not like plays set in the 1920s." 
Robert 5, ShowScore: 81
See it if…"You have enjoyed previous works by Foote about life in Texas during the first half of the 20th century, or if you just want to see fine acting." 
Don't see it if…"You like a plot-driven play with lots of action or if you have an aversion to Texans."  
Jacqueline Parker, ShowScore: 70
See it if…"You're a fan of Horton Foote, and if shows with a Southern flavor appeal to you. Harriet Harris is the reason to see this show." 
Don't see it if…"You find tales of the South boring for the most part. The characters had depth, but not enough to engage me."

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Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.

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