The Trip to Bountiful
May 7 - June 6, 2010
ACT’s production of Horton Foote’s The Trip to
Marianne Owen, Mary Kae Irvin, Paul Morgan Stetler.
Photo by Chris Bennion 2010.
Individually, each part of the show is commendable. The acting ensemble is packed full of
On the technical side, ACT’s usual prowess was in evidence. Christopher Walker’s sound design was sparse but fitting, and Matthew Smucker’s set was clever and effective. Costumes by Frances Kenny capture the period perfectly, especially those worn by Jessie Mae. And special kudos must be given to dialect coach Alyssa Keene; Marianne Owen in particular sounded like she’s lived in
So why, if all the individual elements were up to par, did the show not soar? The pace of the production is slow and mellow, but the staging is not to blame. The show’s energy is exactly right for the setting; it ebbs and flows gently like warm air on a lazy
Review by Patrick Lennon