This weekend I had the pleasure of going to see another play at my new favorite venue, the Aurora Theatre! This time, it was media weekend for The Bridges of Madison County and I was able to bring my friend AC from Right Meow or Never along with me! What a fun idea for a girls night, by the way!
The play is based on the 1995 movie by the same title, starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, and let me just tell you, it’s a heart-wrenching story! The story follows Francesca, a middle-age married mother of two, who lives on a farm. She’s originally from Italy and dreamed of a life of adventure and romance, so when she finds herself as a midwestern farm wife, she begins to question how she got there.
When her family heads out of town for a week and a good-looking National Geographic photographer ends up on her driveway looking for the seventh bridge of Madison County to photograph for his latest collection, her friendliness get the best of her. Directions turn into tea, which turns into dinner (two nights in a row) and they end up head over heels in love in only 4 days. Finally, Francesca’s faced with the reality that her family will be home soon and something has to end- will it be her family as she knows it, or her new love?
The acting in this play was great, as well as the singing, costumes, and setting. You can tell the Aurora Theatre put a lot into finding top-notch actors to play the roles of Francesca, Robert, and Bud, as well as the rest of the cast. The play strings your heart along for an emotional ride that will have you gripping your seat and questioning reality, all the way till the closing scene.
This romantic getaway of a lifetime is directed by Justin Anderson and stars Travis Smith (Robert Kincaid), Kristin Markiton (Francesca Johnson), Matt Lewis (Richard “Bud” Johnson), Rhyn McLemore Saver (Marian), Rob Cleveland (Charlie), Valerie Payton (Marge), Benjamin Davis (Michael) and Hannah Church (Carolyn).
Make sure you visit the Aurora theater to see The Bridges of Madison County before it ends April 16!
Disclosure: I was given Media Tickets to Bridges of Madison County in exchange for my open and honest review of the show, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.