THE ROADS TO HOME

"The Roads to Home" by Horton Foote at Primary Stages. Directed by Michael Wilson, sith Devon Abner, Dan Bittner, Rebecca Brooksher, Harriet Harris, Hallie Foote and Matt Sullivan.
Harriet Harris, Rebecca Brooksher, Hallie Foote in “The Roads to Home” at Primary Stages.

*** 1/2

Horton Foote is an exquisite, idiomatic chronicler of average people and their quiet, personal angst. THE ROADS TO HOME, currently revived by Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre and adroitly directed by Michael Wilson, is not quite three One-Acts and not quite a full length Play.  It is a hybrid of these forms containing three semi-related scenes that have some shared characters and a common theme of being displaced from your home, a theme that resonates throughout Foote’s work.

If you have never had the pleasure of seeing Hallie Foote in one of her father’s plays, please do yourself a favor and see this show. I first saw her in THE WIDOW CLAIRE in 1986 and have gone out of my way to catch her every time I could. She has a command on stage that is fascinating and is adept at uncovering the little nuggets of truth that her father buries in the text. As a matter of fact, 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 or even as fully formed as One-Acts, you can savor all the joys of Horton Foote’s unique voice in this evening of compelling, interlocking scenes.

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