Last week we went to Secaucus, New Jersey for a trade show with our Dog Bow company and it is always our view that you need to have a little fun anytime you can. We were only 3 miles from New York City. For $3.70 each we can ride the bus through the Lincoln tunnel to the Port Authority Bus Terminal which is 2 blocks from Times Square. If you are that close…you have to go. Everyone should see Times Square at least once in their life.
We were told by several people about a play called "The Trip to Bountiful" with Cicely Tyson and we were able to get tickets for Thursday night. We are not world travelers but we do know how to navigate our way in New York. Our flight was 2 hours late landing so we had to rush to make curtain (I think that's theater talk)
As we made our way to our seats, we found ourselves only 6 rows from the stage. OMG
The story is about a woman who left her home place (Bountiful) some 20 years ago and in her last years so desperately wants to return home. She is sure that something is waiting for her there. Cicely Tyson plays that woman. (I just saw where the play is nominated for 4 Tony awards.)
It was moving, there were times you felt like you we're ease dropping. We cried, we laughed and we understood. The house in Bountiful was much like Pineola, a home that had raised families, seen heartbreak, known love and joy.. we think the message was you can never go home, home is what you take with you in your heart, the memory's.....
Cicily Tison was so moving, it was great. She so reminded us of Nana, Paul's grandmother (no Paul's grandmother was not black) but it was that old south movement and expression that Cicely captured for her character. So if you are in New York, or close, while it is playing we so believe you would love it.
The play does not start until 8pm so you have time to eat at one of our favorite restaurants - Nocello We first visited Nocello's about 2 years ago and have been back 3 times. It is one of those restaurants that you would consider a local secret. The food is delicious - and rich! Luckily you can get half orders.
If you are not headed to a play afterwards take a short walk to Columbus Circle, the geographic center of New York City. Go in the Time Warner center for a great view overlooking the circle with Central Park in the background.