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  • Date:
    November 1, 2008

    "The play provides rich, rangy roles for all three of its cast members. Kevin T. Carroll plays Cephus, looking back on the winding pathways of his life from a comfortable rocking chair on his porch as the play begins. January LaVoy and Tracey Bonner portray the men and women from his past and his present, donning scraps of costume to change personas with ease. The production, directed by Ron O J Parson, moves in tune with the easy rhythms of the writing."
    Charles Isherwood
    New York Times

    ""Home" was a surprise success on Broadway, its charming simplicity and heartfelt sentiments delivered in a stirring production. As revived last night by the Signature Theatre Company, the play is more like its central character, a man adrift after a series of devastating events. It seems to have lost something along the way." & "Carroll simply isn't charming enough to make us care about his journey."
    Frank Scheck
    New York Post

    "Williams gives Cephus' tale a sepia-toned warmth and an emotionally harrowing coolness. Director Ron OJ Parson's sure-handed production navigates the play's dual tones and shifts in periods with ease on a handsomely evocative wood-slatted unit set from designer Shaun Motley. Grounded by Carroll's engaging performance, ... Home touches even as it introduces 21st-century audiences to an important 1970s play."
    Andy Propst
    Back Stage

    "Deeply felt memory play." & "Carroll, in particular, anchors the play. He has an ingratiating style, an easygoing, wide-open demeanor that makes Cephus the kind of guy you want to root for." & ""I love the land," Cephus loudly proclaims throughout the evening. That love joyfully reverberates throughout "Home," a play that is not afraid of a happy ending."
    Michael Kuchwara
    Associated Press

    "Problematically, helmer Ron O.J. Parson has to cloak Williams' outdated moral grandstanding (Vietnam is over) in nostalgia in order to keep the play from sounding like an elderly sermon, and, as a result, there's not much to "Home" besides nostalgia." & "Ultimately, the best thing about "Home" is Carroll. This much unself-conscious sentiment has to be sold with utter sincerity and Carroll gives the play unshakable credibility right up to its final, tearful reunion."
    Sam Thielman
    Variety