A Bright New Boise Tackles the Sacred and the Profane
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The last date listed for A Bright New Boise was Saturday October 20, 2012 / 8:00pm.
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Before going to see "A Bright New Boise", there is something audience members should understand - this is not a comedic romp a la "Book of Mormon" and, though there are humorous moments (there were a number of times where I guffawed audibly, though sometimes by myself - I've noticed that some theater-goers don't like to admit when they find something uncomfortable to also be hysterical), it is also a deep and, for some, uncomfortable subject for consideration.
The basic premise: Will Cronin, member of a recently news-worthy "evangelical" church in northern Idaho, flees his home town when Things Go Bad in his congregation. He winds up in Boise, working at a Hobby Lobby (think Michael's or AC Moore), where everything is quirky, even the canned TV showing around-the-clock updates about new products (and sometimes medical procedure footage). While in Boise, Will is able to face an important aspect of his past head on, white being forced to confront his own feelings and beliefs, deal with his strange new co-workers, struggle with the stigma of talking about religion, and cope with the pain of unfulfilled promises.
The acting was absolutely spectacular from all performers. The play took place primarily in the break room of the Hobby Lobby, but also in the parking lot outside. The set was outstandingly detailed: from the granite-topped counter and sink to the mismatched chairs and cheap folding tables, it felt like every break room at every retail job I've ever worked. The story itself is intriguing, as the mystery of Will's past and, really, his present are answered scene by scene. The climax was explosive and forceful. All-in-all it was a very interesting premise with an ending I didn't expect, and it was a pleasure to watch the obviously skilled actors at work.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Bleak times foster desperate searches for meaning, a plight shared by all the characters in Samuel D. Hunter’s play, which starts out funny and steadily becomes more disquieting as its existential questions are amplified.” –The New York Times
- Playwright Samuel D. Hunter won a 2011 OBIE (Off-Broadway Theater Award) for playwriting.
- “Divinely inspired heartland comedy” -- DCTheatreScene.com
Due to subject matter, this show is recommended for ages 13 and older.
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