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Tyson's inviting 'Trip to Bountiful' at the Ahmanson Theatre
Tyson's inviting 'Trip to Bountiful' at the Ahmanson Theatre

Michael Wilson’s revival of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful,” which has just opened at the Ahmanson Theatre, premiered on Broadway in 2013 to a bounty of praise and nominations, especially for Cicely Tyson, who won the Tony Award for her portrayal of Mrs. Carrie Watts. Originally written as a teleplay in 1953, “Trip” tells the story of an elderly woman’s return to her hometown of Bountiful, Texas. A trustworthy vehicle for star turns—by Lillian Gish and Geraldine Page, among others—it has been recast in this production with black characters. The transformation, conceived by the playwright’s daughter, Hallie Foote, not only...

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