A Bright New Boise
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A Bright New Boise

A Bright New Boise NYC Reviews and Tickets

(184 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent

About the Show

In a break room at a craft store, a new employee is attempting to bring forth the end times.

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Member Reviews (184)

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928 Reviews | 933 Followers
Needs work, Uneven, Well acted

See it if It's a good premise and it's well acted with solid production.

Don't see it if Main Character is too unlikable to care about the conclusion of the play. Which is nonspecific anyway (cop out).

903 Reviews | 1029 Followers
Great acting, Has potential, Uneven, Quirky characters, Slow

See it if You enjoy conversations around religion. I enjoyed the characters & the performances were all really strong.

Don't see it if The show started off strong but then suffers from really bad pacing issues. It became SO slow & some scenes were way too long.

1033 Reviews | 425 Followers
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You like to see family drama and relationships and religious beliefs all twisted up together and seen from more than point of view.

Don't see it if You can’t handle having your beliefs possibly questioned or contradicted. Read more

913 Reviews | 265 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like the tension of human relations among family members and work mates - here are damaged people coping with each other and religion.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light, though there are some funny moments amidst the difficulties with which they are dealing..

670 Reviews | 131 Followers
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Dark, Intense at time and can be disturbing at times. Great Acting.

Don't see it if Dark and Intense and coming over the top with religion believes. Makes you think. The ending to me was confusing, but I think I got it now

530 Reviews | 108 Followers
Masterful, Intelligent, Indulgent, Great acting, Samuel d hunter never let you down

See it if You are a fan of this playwright. I would see anything attached to him

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that deal with imperfect characters Read more

456 Reviews | 69 Followers
Great acting, A bit contrived, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if To see an early play by one of today's gifted writers.

Don't see it if You want some light and fluffy, this is not for you.

413 Reviews | 102 Followers
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy intelligent plays about religion and family. You want a play with dark darkness and levity.

Don't see it if You dislike plays with disappointing endings. Read more

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
February 21st, 2023

“It’s still a compelling play, worth seeing in itself and as a map of what would follow.”
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Time Out New York
March 6th, 2023

"4/5 Stars! Director Oliver Butler elicits discomfitingly authentic performances from the entire cast, led by the phenomenal Kendall...As the workplace comedy of the early scenes gradually yields to an unsettling exploration of family and faith, the play builds to a finale that verges on rapture."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 22nd, 2023

“This is realism pitched to an unsettling extreme, a mundanity that starts to overwhelm us even before the play gets going.”
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The Wall Street Journal
February 23rd, 2023

“ ‘A Bright New Boise’ moves stealthily toward a bleak conclusion, but the observational clarity of Mr. Hunter’s writing never falters.”
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New York Theatre Guide
February 22nd, 2023

“Director Oliver Butler’s staging of Hunter’s breakthrough play is uniformly well-acted. It simmers with subtle unease...Even though the play doesn’t fully succeed, those dramatic hallmarks make it worthwhile.”
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February 21st, 2023

“In ‘A Bright New Boise,’ the seeds are planted, but its young writer hasn't really gotten there yet. But it's awfully fun to look back and see how far he's come.”
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Lighting & Sound America
February 21st, 2023

“If the play's insights into working-class America put Hunter on the map, it also features a certain carelessness about plotting. Then again, Will's halting attempts at connecting with others is heartbreaking to see; the other characters are sharply, engagingly drawn; and there is the overpowering irony of this drama faith and identity playing out under the aegis of a business notorious for its religiosity and political meddling…Under Oliver Butler's direction, which doesn't miss a nuance, a fine cast brings Hunter's gallery of lost souls to strong, highly individual life.”
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Talkin' Broadway
February 21st, 2023

“ ‘A Bright New Boise’ may not be his finest work, but visiting Hunter's Idaho always has its fair share of pleasures and revelations to make the trip worthwhile.”
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