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

79%
(112 Ratings)
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (112)

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159 Reviews | 20 Followers
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.

509 Reviews | 338 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.

450 Reviews | 68 Followers
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.

102 Reviews | 90 Followers
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

70 Reviews | 16 Followers
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if really well acted, an excellent production of an old play

Don't see it if familiarize yourself a little with the playwright (at least read the bit in the program), context of his work helps understand the play

82 Reviews | 32 Followers
90
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want to see a group of extremely talented actors taking on the work of a classic playwright

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Horton Foote or period pieces of any kind; you need a lot of action in the plays you see

557 Reviews | 286 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.

170 Reviews | 162 Followers
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. Read more

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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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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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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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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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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