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

78%
(112 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
9%
Negative
2%
Members say
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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Member Reviews (112)

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687 Reviews | 113 Followers
77
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

481 Reviews | 317 Followers
94
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.

501 Reviews | 127 Followers
78
Entertaining, Good acting, Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like quality acting; you want insight into a day in the life of small town living, as seen through the eyes of Horton Foote.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see one of Horton Foote's more absorbing plays, or you want a play with a knock out punch.

465 Reviews | 256 Followers
90
Highly entertaining, Second-tier foote, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you enjoy the plays of Horton Foote. This one is not in the league of "The Trip to Bountiful." Always great seeing Hallie Foote on stage.

Don't see it if you are not into character-driven plays. You need a lot of action in your plays.

463 Reviews | 70 Followers
69
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Tedious

See it if you love Horton Foote and want to see all of his plays, even the lesser ones. Acting is good. Hallee Foote is perfect in her father's plays

Don't see it if you want an engrossing show.My mind kept wandering. Too many side stories, none of which grabbed me. Harriet Harris was wonderful, as always

384 Reviews | 71 Followers
80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like Horton Foote plays and actress daughter. She is excellent. Funny and heartfelt. Three intertwined plays. Two are better than last.

Don't see it if You are bored by Foote characters from Texas in past times. About life, relationships, divorce and coping. Nothing happens but lots happens. Read more

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350 Reviews | 60 Followers
77
Great acting, Important, Rare, Entertaining

See it if You love Horton Foote and a carefully crafted evening in the theatre.

Don't see it if You are not patient and interested in subtle entertainment.

288 Reviews | 91 Followers
72
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Thoughtful, Wistful

See it if You want strong performances, great writing, and a contemplative story about struggling to find and retain a sense of home and security.

Don't see it if You want theater with lots of action. This is a gently moving play about the lives and concerns of several women in 1920s Texas.

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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