The Roads To Home
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The Roads To Home
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The Roads To Home NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(112 Reviews)
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89%
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Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the Show

Primary Stages celebrates the centennial of late playwright Horton Foote's birth with a mounting of three interconnected shorts that probe the crises impacting three female friends in 1920s Houston.

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Intelligent, Resonant, Great acting, Slow

See it if Minor league Foote gets polished high-brow treatment; excellent performances elevate material

Don't see it if Slow, meandering Chekhovian narrative doesn't appeal

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Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if For an intimate drama with a bit of humor. The acting is incredible. Beautiful sets and lighting.

Don't see it if Drama about people in 1920s Texas talking about the lives and troubles is not your thing.

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
October 5th, 2016

"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."
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Time Out New York
October 5th, 2016

"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."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 5th, 2016

"Time seems to move more slowly while you're watching a Foote play, and I mean that as a compliment...'The Roads to Home' is less concerned with plot, of which there isn't much, than with subtle character revelations. The quiet direction by Foote veteran Wilson enhances the cozy intimacy, as do the ensemble's excellent performances...This evening of one-acts is a minor effort...But it offers enough subtle pleasures to infuse us with the warm feeling that we indeed can go home again."
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Deadline
October 5th, 2016

"Few male playwrights can match Horton Foote for the women he sparked to life...In truth, little happens in the way of plot in 'The Roads To Home,' and yet Michael Wilson has staged the show with such truthful economy of emotion that every moment rings true and cuts deep. Which is how it goes with the fine, rich work of Horton Foote. From Hallie Foote we expect such subtle realism; the surprise is Harris, usually in broader form as a nasty wit but here less wicked than desperate."
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Theatermania
October 5th, 2016

"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."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 6th, 2016

"Sometimes I think we have it all wrong when we call Horton Foote a playwright; really, he's a composer, wringing music both merry and melancholy from the everyday conversation of his characters...'The Roads to Home' is a minor work, a chamber piece in three movements, but it is no less resonant for all of that. Each scene is filled with Foote's acute understanding of these people; in his hands, the deeply ordinary seems extraordinary. And when his characters talk -- oh, the music they make!"
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Talkin' Broadway
October 5th, 2016

"It's as fiercely magical and fiendishly funny as it is chilling in its projection of the ultimate in 'you can't go home again' moralizing, thanks in large part to the presence of Hallie Foote...She effortlessly conveys the dying light and dimming beauty that describe Mabel's own fragile and tragic state. It's sumptuous work that, except for Abner, is not matched by other members of the company...Wilson's direction is focused but soft, and could be paced just a bit quicker."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 5th, 2016

"This play–essentially three interconnected one acts–isn’t exactly quintessential Foote. The comedy is not just more copious, but broader than usual, and the tragedy a little deeper. It’s a testament to director Michael Wilson (a specialist in Foote’s work) and the excellent ensemble he has assembled that this piece not just coheres, but tickles the funny bone and touches the heart...While hardly in the same league as Foote’s masterworks, it’s definitely a journey worth taking."
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CurtainUp
October 7th, 2016

"The plays by Horton Foote are often defined by how beautifully he addresses what may look on the surface as the sheer and utter banality of everyday reality. For that reason it is hard not to gush over 'The Roads to Home' which may not be in the top tier of his canon but is framed by a engaging serenity and a gentle touch of sadness...This lovely production has a sublime cast under the fine direction of Michael Wilson."
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Front Row Center
November 15th, 2016

"A poem for all of us to keep in our pockets and carry with us…Hallie Foote and Harriet Harris are a perfect pitch together. Rebecca Brooksher’s portrayal of Annie is a gentle portrait of a young woman’s inability to hang on to sanity…The play is all about those remembrances. The past occupying each of the characters' lives much more than the present. Home is where they came from, not where they are."
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Stage Buddy
October 24th, 2016

"These three stories relate to each other in powerful yet simple ways, with a thoughtfulness that is only amplified by the excellence of the performances. Directed by Michael Wilson, the actors’ moving performances make the play’s simple focus all the richer...Though small-town gossip can often come across as trivial, the show's domestic focus, captured perfectly in the beautiful set design, still feels very high-stakes as the two women struggle to keep their lives in order."
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T
November 5th, 2016

"Under Michael Wilson’s discerning direction, Hallie Foote and Harriet Harris are magnificent playing off one another’s enormous talents...The third short play (Act Two) is disappointing after the high energy and delicious plots driven by the characters and conflicts in the first two short plays...'The Roads to Home' challenges the conventional wisdom surrounding the concept of home and raises enduring questions about the roads that lead us there."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 17th, 2016

“Hallie Foote’s sensitive, liltingly accented Mabel is absolutely lovely; you can practically touch the humanity of her concern for the neurotic Annie. Harriet Harris is perfectly cast as Vonnie, the aging belle whose marriage is cracking...Brooksher’s Annie is a moving study in psychological distress, especially luminous in act two...Home may be where the heart is, but the effort to recapture it, if only in memory, is nothing short of heartbreaking in ‘The Roads to Home.’”
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Times Square Chronicles
November 7th, 2016

"Really three short plays woven together, we get glimpses of moments in these characters' lives, but not a complete play...Hallie Foote is wonderful. It’s almost as if she knew exactly what her father wanted and seamlessly brings it to life...Directed by Michael Wilson, 'The Roads to Home' becomes a foretelling into what life was like and how easy it can all fall apart. Though the play does not quite gel, it’s as if moments are what makes a life."
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Theater In The Now
November 22nd, 2016

"It’s naturalism at its finest…Yet nothing truly happens. And that’s ok. That’s what this play is. An examination. To alleviate monotony, Wilson heightened the comedy, as best he could...The pacing left much to be desired though it helped tap into the honesty of Foote’s characters…Its perception is bound to be split. To some, it will be charming and resonate. To others, it will feel slow and dated. And that’s just how it is. ‘The Roads to Home’ is what it is."
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Village Voice
October 11th, 2016

"Wilson, who has staged numerous Foote plays, handles this one with ease, adding in exactly enough bright color to cover the basic darkness. Abner and Hallie Foote fill their roles appealingly, while Harris demonstrates, triumphantly, that she can thrive as convincingly in naturalism as in the broader comedy of Broadway musicals...The performers' vivacity reinforces the paradox: Spacious, sunshiny, and seemingly ordinary, Foote's Texas is as spiritually dark as any Beckettian landscape."
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R
October 5th, 2016

"Beautifully brought to life by three outstanding women – the men are very good, but given much less to do – the play speaks of a longing of the memory of home, regardless of the reality....'The Roads To Home' is a short piece, and played out leisurely, given full time to take root. I enjoyed it, even though I was a bit annoyed at the end while I watched it. In retrospect, I appreciate it much more...Michael Wilson did an excellent job with the direction and pace of the piece."
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Epoch Times
November 8th, 2016

"Direction by Foote veteran Michael Wilson hits all the right notes, gently but surely. Hallie Foote appears to have made a career out of portraying her father’s characters, playing the younger roles when a younger actress. Unquestionably, she has done her father proud. Devon Abner, works in sync with her, making a most effective husband-and-wife team in life and in art. Broadway veteran Harriet Harris makes the most of Vonnie, infusing the role with verve and passion."
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Magical MissTari Tour
October 17th, 2016

"'The Roads to Home' is another gentle, truthful, funny, touching piece about family, memories, regret and home...Not much 'happens,' but we learn so much about these characters, about life, about ourselves, that it seems as if everything happens in the two hours we spend in Houston...I do love how Horton Foote wrote such amazingly realistic women, who are idiosyncratic and three-dimensional, and oh-so-relatable."
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Show Buzz NYC
October 6th, 2016

"Horton Foote is an exquisite, idiomatic chronicler of average people and their quiet, personal angst. 'The Roads to Home' is not quite three one-acts and not quite a full-length play...The entire cast is top-notch, the staging is spot-on and oh, my, those costumes are sweetly detailed. Even though the storytelling is not as complete as a full-length play, you can savor all the joys of Horton Foote’s unique voice in this evening of compelling, interlocking scenes."
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B
October 1st, 2016

"Some people find Hoote’s work too homespun, provincial or even corny. I am not one of them. He is adept in finding the universal in the particular. The production is top-notch...Director Michael Wilson once again demonstrates his affinity for the playwright’s work. The actors are very good. Hallie Foote was literally born to play the heroine in her father’s plays...If you appreciate Foote, you will be more than satisfied with your time spent at the Cherry Lane Theatre. "
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