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'Trip' is a tremendous journey

LINDA ARMSTRONG Special to the AmNews | 5/23/2013, 3:33 p.m.

"The Trip to Bountiful" reminds the audience that our elderly can dream and have every right to have those dreams fulfilled. It also focuses on elder abuse, and it looks at the relationship between a husband and wife, drawing a line as to how much a person should allow a spouse to disrespect or threaten their parent.

The direction by Michael Wilson is flawless. This play works on so many levels. If you are trying to figure out which Broadway show to support, which one will leave you feeling moved and inspired, then look no further--"The Trip to Bountiful" is it.

By the way, the show is so brilliant, it is up for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Lead Actress for Tyson and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a play for Rashad for the Tony Awards. These ladies are also nominated for Drama Desk Awards for their performances.

A special acknowledgement needs to be given to the producers, among them Stephen Byrd and Alia M. Jones, who also brought an all-Black lead cast of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" to Broadway. These producers share a vision that Black actors can deliver exceptional performances with works traditionally performed by white actors, and after seeing this show, you will share their vision. Bravo and thank you for this incredible theatrical gift.

Something that I loved about the makeup of the audience for this show is I saw not only a lot of African-Americans, but also families who chose to bring their children, which was fantastic to witness. I am one of them. I had my 10-year-old daughter, Jasmine, and we cried together as Tyson delivered her stunning performance.

For ticket information, visit thetriptobountifulbroadway.com.