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posted Friday, May 28, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 22
The quiet beauty of The Trip to Bountiful
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The quiet beauty of The Trip to Bountiful

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

The Trip to Bountiful
ACT Theatre
Through June 6


These days, ACT Theatre's The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote is better known as a 1985 movie than as a stage play. Set in southeast Texas in 1953, it's the quiet, plaintive story of Carrie Watts, a woman who just wants to go back and stand on the land she grew up on in Bountiful, Texas. Her son and daughter-in-law feel that there's no use in going back to a place no one lives anymore, and think she's childishly making too much of a fuss over it.

A lovely cast, headed by the luminous Marianne Owen, presents the play with tenacity and great pace. Director Victor Pappas creates a subtle momentum that slowly builds to the climax, and is so steady that one doesn't realize that almost two hours have gone by without an intermission. It is essentially a three-person play, with Owen playing Carrie, Paul Morgan Stetler playing her son Ludie, and Mary Kae Irvin playing the caustic daughter-in-law Jessie Mae. Small - but important - roles are covered by Ian Bell, Wesley Rice, a sympathetic Charles Leggett, and a wide-eyed, sweet-as-sugar Jessica Martin.

Carrie has been living with her son and daughter-in-law in Houston for more than the 15 years of their marriage. She made the decision to move to Houston with Ludie so he could make the most of a life for himself, not on a failing farm in Bountiful. Farms were being abandoned, sold to the highest bidder, and family farmers were disappearing. But now, captive in their home, doing nothing but cooking and cleaning and staring out the window, Carrie feels like her life is a failure and she wants to go home.

What she could do back on the farm is not clear, and her dream doesn't seem reasonable, though the disdain and condescension heaped on her by Jessie Mae seems completely unwarranted. We learn at the beginning that she's run away to try to return to Bountiful before, though she's promised never to worry her son again by doing so. Still, Carrie breaks her promise and sneaks out to the bus station with her collection of coins in handkerchiefs, ready to go back and clean up the old homestead and start a garden.

At the bus station, she gains support from a young lady (Martin), who is content to listen to her stories and to discount any talk of Carrie being "nuts." During their travel, Carrie describes her hopes and dreams and choices in life, realizing that she won't really be able to stay in Bountiful, but determined just to step onto the land one more time.

For a play not generally thought of as appropriate for in-the-round presentation, always-inventive set designer Matthew Smucker designs a fabulous wood-plank floor, standing in for a home, a bus station, and even growing dry grasses for an outdoor scene in Bountiful. One tiny disappointment was the window at the beginning of the play disappearing, never to be used again. Costumes by Frances Kenny are muted but beautiful, and lighting designer Christopher Walker creates crucial moods and times of day. An ingenious bench set on a rotating disk takes care of the long conversation on the bus, giving everyone an equal chance at the faces.

This is a quiet beauty, and though a melancholy reflection on what constitutes a life well-lived, it's a gift of forethought for those who have opportunities they aren't taking, which might help us avoid a life of regret. In the end, we all do the best we can. For more information, go to www.acttheatre.org or call 206-292-7676.

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