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‘Bountiful’ In Bethlehem

If ever there was a perfect setting for Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, it is at The Gary – The Olivia Theatre located at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem.

Director Sally Camm embraces the integrity of both place and play and allows the Clay & Wattles Theater Company to home in on the very essence of this poignant story.

Sarah Robards plays Carrie Watts, the protagonist of the play. Her performance is so unpretentious, so natural and warm that you forget she is acting.

Katie Keough, as self-centered daughter-in-law Jessie Mae Watts … plunges into the role with gusto pushing all the right buttons.

David Macharelli delivers an unforgettable performance as Ludie Watts.

Caroline McCaughey as Thelma, a supporting character whom Carrie meets in a railroad station, is mesmerizing.

Thomas Camm as sherriff has just the right touch for his confident and humanely considerate character.

Overall, this is a wonderful play  Justin Cain’s important sound design works well as does Matt Wood’s creative and suggestive set design. With basic and simple strokes, the set is a city apartment. With a box of low growing greenery here and there, the set takes on the aura of a gone to waste farm.

By Joanne Greco Rochman | June 18th, 2015 (Hersam Acorn Newspapers)

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