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Nov 20 - Dec 07, 2014

REVIEW- The Boston Globe

"Lifted and transported: Yep, that’s just how those of us in the audience felt"

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REVIEW- Joyce Kulhawik

"Cicely Tyson's performance is divine revelation with its sass and delicacy"
"Don't Miss It!"

REVIEW- Edge Boston

"What makes this "Trip" so memorable is the privilege to see Cicely Tyson give one of the most important performances of a long, estimable career in a story that at Thanksgiving time aptly celebrates finding the plenty in our
own lives." 
"The theatrical magic, however, is Tyson's to sprinkle. Now in her 80s, she does so with surprising dexterity and a pixyish sense of humor."

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REVIEW- Cape Cod Times

"Tyson is a marvel...will fill your heart"
"Almost everyone seeks a real-life Bountiful, and Tyson makes it a privilege to be part of that trip with her Carrie Watts."

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REVIEW- Los Angeles Times

"Tyson’s inviting ‘Trip to Bountiful’ at the Ahmanson Theatre"
"The ageless Tyson has such a powerful expressive gift”
“Underwood is extraordinary”

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REVIEW- Broadway World

"Cicely Tyson is luminous"
“Timeless and invigorating”
“Nothing short of exquisite”

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REVIEW- San Gabriel Valley Tribune

“A remarkable performance by an extraordinary performer”
“What theatre should be”

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REVIEW- Huffington Post

“[Tyson’s] performance is riveting”
“Vanessa Williams… is superb.”
”Achieves what so many other plays fail to do - convey both the universal and specifically American experience that all of us share.”

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"Cicely Tyson is phenomenal”
"Blair Underwood is “marvelously layered”
"Vanessa Williams is perfectly chirpy”
“[Tyson’s] boundless energy… is incredible.”

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"The cast includes Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood, but it is 80-something Cicely Tyson, reprising her Tony-Award-winning role, who steals the show."
"A super woman who says she'll never tire, doing the work she loves."

REVIEW- The Metro

"The Trip to Bountiful” is almost inexplicably
“All the accolades in the world couldnʼt, however, do justice to whatʼs going on at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, where this sweet, yet simple story has become a theatrical experience youʼll be talking about for a very long time.”
“Carrie Watts’ trip to Bountiful isn’t the  only once-in-a-lifetime trip being taken at  the Cutler Majestic.”

REVIEW- Bay State Banner

"Cicely Tyson’s ‘Bountiful’ performance a delight"
“Portraying a woman who is fierce in will and fragile in body, Tyson’s performance celebrates the risks and power of acting itself.”
“Tyson’s Mrs. Watts draws all into her journey to Bountiful, including us.”
“As Carrie Watts, Tyson delivers the thrill of watching a great actress in the role of a lifetime.”

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“RUSH to get your tickets now!”

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REVIEW- ArtsFuse

"A testament to the enduring power of the human spirit"
"Luminous performances of award-winning TV and film actors Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood"

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REVIEW- Time Out New York

“Soul-stirring and flawless”

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REVIEW- The Wall Street Journal

“Profoundly poetic”
“Unforgettably excellent”
"Without flaw”

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REVIEW- Entertainment Weekly

“Tyson gives an awe-inspiring performance.”
“Vanessa Williams — wickedly funny”
“simply, quietly moving”

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REVIEW- Backstage.com

“Tyson is giving a performance for the ages.”
“Frail but feisty, willful yet humble, rueful and resilient, her Carrie is pretty much perfection.”

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REVIEW- Bloomberg News

“Cicely Tyson is finally getting the showcase she deserves”

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REVIEW- NY Daily News

“Tyson brings an inherent grace and dignity, as well as gumption, sly humor and knowing glances that make her endearing and believable”

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REVIEW- Boston Forward

“Tyson is an icon and a chance to see her live is worth the price of admission.”
“She doesn’t just play Mother Watts; she is Mother Watts.”

REVIEW- OnBostonstages.com

“There are laughs — in many cases, big laughs — where I don’t recall them being before in this lovingly performed, pitch-perfect recreation of the 2013 Tony Award-winning production, with Tony winner Tyson and Vanessa Williams and reprising their Broadway roles and Blair Underwood joining the cast.”
“It isn’t the grand, sweeping gestures that make for great actors and actresses.”

REVIEW- Metro West Daily

“She's lively, delightful, and pixie in the role.”


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.

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PREVIEW- The Boston Globe

For Tyson, it’s been a long but rewarding trip to "Bountiful"

It’s rare that an actor gets a third act, let alone a fourth, in a typical show business career. But Cicely Tyson is in the midst of a two-year journey — from Broadway, to television, back to the stage — in a watershed role, playing Carrie Watts in a revival of Horton Foote’s 1953 drama “The Trip to Bountiful.”

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PREVIEW- Broadway World

Cicely Tyson Makes a Joyful Noise in “THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL”

Horton Foote's THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL is an enduring piece of 1950s Americana that tugs at the heartstrings with simple elegance. Free of modern-day cynicism or amped up pyrotechnics, this poignant telling of one woman's struggle to return home before she dies quietly burns with the fire of dreams and desires thwarted by the realities of a hardscrabble life.

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PREVIEW- Boston Guide

Boston Accent: Home on the Stage

How fortunate for Boston that the revival of Horton Foote’s 1953 classic The Trip to Bountiful runs through the Thanksgiving holiday. Audiences can expect an extra helping of joy and more reasons to give thanks as they journey—along with Tony Award-winner Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood—to the literal (and figurative) land of Bountiful—and redefine what it means to “go home.”

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PREVIEW- Bay State Banner

Cicely Tyson discusses her long road to "Bountiful"

Twenty-six years. That’s how long it took for Cicely Tyson to get her next great role, her “bountiful” role. It all started in 1985 when she first saw actress Geraldine Page’s performance of Carrie Watts in Horton Foote’s, The Trip to Bountiful, which garnered Page an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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  • Location: Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
  • Starring: Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood 
  • Written by: Horton Foote
  • Directed by: Michael Wilson
  • Also: Jurnee Smollett-Bell 
  • Produced by: ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage and Jonathan Reinis Productions in association with Center Theatre Group
  • Series: Legend 
  • Ages: 10+
  • Running Time:  2 hours 20 minutes with one 15 minute intermission