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The Roads To Home

From 112 member  reviews
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. More…

In Foote's seriocomic triptych, a trio of women grapples with the eternal question, “Where is home?” This production offers a rare chance to experience a Foote gem not seen on the New York stage in over 25 years. Starring Tony winner Harriet Harris and the playwright's daughter, Hallie Foote, a celebrated interpreter of her late father’s work.


Member Reviews (112)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Absorbing, Entertaining
78
Avg Score

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Also Harriet Harris wonderful. Worth seeing for the two women leads, Harrie... Read more Read less

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.

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.

60
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Horton Foote and willing to see anything he wrote. Not his best work but if you are patient, worth the effort.

Don't see it if You expect the best from this important and usually articulate author. If you have no patience for stereotypes offering no new insights.

80
Great writing, Touching, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you love Horton Foote and you have never seen this early play, acted with enormous skill by a cast including Hallie Foote and Harriet Harris

Don't see it if you like plays to be relentlessly full of dramatic events and are unable to appreciate the quiet revelation of lives as they happen.

88
Great writing, Masterful, Funny, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if you love the plays of Horton Foote and wish to see three exquisite, related, often hilarious (& sometimes heartbreaking) short plays.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy the minutia of small town gossip, family squabbles of fragile and over sensitive Southern personalities.

Also But I say this is the essence and joy of this master's playwriting and... Read more Read less

70
Slow, Three scenes with horton foote stock characters, Good acting

See it if you're a Horton Foote completist

Don't see it if you prefer his better work.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Thoughtful

See it if classic American play, social relevance

Don't see it if plays about women

75
Entertaining, Cliched, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You are familiar with the other plays in the cycle. The characters are interesting, and the set was delightful.

Don't see it if You don't like slower-paced, mainly dialogue-driven plays. It is wordy, and slow at times.

92
Charming, Must see, Profound, Great acting

See it if you're a Horton Foote, Hallie Foote &/or Harriet Harris fan. Moving and full of charm.

Don't see it if you want FLASH or POP or sexyness. I wish the 3rd part had the other characters from Parts 1 & 2 back.

79
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense

See it if Horton Foote plays with Hallie Foote in it are rare gems. Harriet Harris also shines in this very sad play. Loved the southern Texas themes.

Don't see it if you don't want to think and feel things.

70
Very horton foote

See it if You like Horton Foote or you like chatty plays. I generally enjoyed it, but I like Horton Foote. It's very much like his other work.

Don't see it if You are expecting plot and action.

70
Entertaining, Slightly dated, Refreshing

See it if you don't mind a slow moving play about 3 different Southern women.

Don't see it if you don't want to see mentally disturbed people.

55
Slow, Dated, Disappointing, Banal, Great performances!

See it if You'll enjoy if you like Horton Foote and gossip in small Texas towns.

Don't see it if You want an engaging night of theater.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You truly love a well told story that resonates long after you've seen it. Great story,great performances and time period sets....

Don't see it if You are not interested in shows that touch the soul.

79
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Insightful and sensitive play, fine acting especially substitute Mary Bacon. First act a bit too long but touching and both excellent.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in the probing of real human emotions.

78
Sweet,charming, insightful

See it if You love entering Horton Foote's world and want Hallie Foote to guide you there. Sign me up every time.

Don't see it if You only like theater that is edgy, fast paced, or sexy.

50
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Quirky, Clever

See it if you really like mid-century Americana and want to be introduced to Horton Foote

Don't see it if you have more interesting Horton Foote plays available

91
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if fan of horton foote and like multiple story lines

Don't see it if don't like plays dealing with mental issues and cheating spouses

76
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like Harriet Harris she is great. See it for the first act alone.

Don't see it if you need a full story. Just a slice of life. Didn't care for the second act.


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 t...
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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...
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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 t...
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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 wit...
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