Ends Sep 21 | 1h 20m | Midtown W

Decky Does a Bronco

From 40 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Entertaining

About the show

This U.S. premiere tragicomedy follows the lives of five nine-year-old boys spending their 1983 summer in Girvan, Scotland. One of the boys, David, reflects on their adventures and what it means to grow up.


Member Reviews (40)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Entertaining
83
Avg Score

69
Disappointing, Scottish accents, 9 yr olds at play, Repetitive, Slow

See it if you'd like grown actors playing 9-12 yr olds who run, swing, argue. Gr opening song...downhill fr there. Tedious. Deus ex machina tragedy.

Don't see it if you want plot/depth. Narrator's conclusns superficial (memories fade, pain lessens). "Kids"/swings annoyed me. Male cast, dir, writer,prodr.

83
Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if A story about growing up and lifes decisions. Fantastic acting and directing. This is a breath of fresh air for a play. Great writing.

Don't see it if Scottish accents are thick and difficult at times to pick up. Ending can be rough for some theater goers.

85
Ebullient, Great staging, Devastating, Resonant, Delightful

See it if Lively physicality of roughhousing boys around a swing set. Great natural acting & dialog. I fell in love w/these kids. Powerful message.

Don't see it if Dark ending followed by an appeal to the audience for sympathy. Strong accents.

90
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Entire cast gets into the age of the roles.Lighting very effective. Use of slow motion dead-on. A cappella (take them on tour) No weak links

Don't see it if The theater needs air conditioning. Not the most comfortable seats. It takes time to "get" the Scottish accents Many steps to the theater

89
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if you’d enjoy awakening memories of childhood with on-target direction of believable characters, some accapella, meaningful lighting- see it!

Don't see it if you will be disappointed to miss every word due to accents and acoustics or you do not like the sadness that comes with decisions in life.

Also Don’t miss the wonderful chalk art scenes on the three walls that plac... Read more Read less

79
Slow, Energetic, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Memory play about 9 year old boys in rural Scotland in 1983 and the incident that changed their lives forever. Well acted, lit & staged.

Don't see it if Heavy Scottish accents & poor acoustics sometimes make dialogue hard to understand. Horrific incident (not shown) involving child abuse.

Also Admirable effort; plot builds slowly toward climax; actors very athlet... Read more Read less

92
Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an amazing cast give an awesome performance about friendship and coming of age and how one incident can change it all.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a really great performance and You want to miss out something very special. You don't like coming of age performances.

Also I was so impressed with the production. This is not a musical but ther... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a show with excellent writing an acting

Don't see it if youthful ignorance and arrogance leading to tragedy is triggering for you

Also An elegantly composed and staged show with amazing acting.... Read more Read less

81
Great staging

See it if Elicits the innocent yet troublesome ways that boys play with each other. Toxic masculinity starts young with potentially risky effects.

Don't see it if Childhood trauma is triggering. The lead up to "what happened" went long, maybe trying too hard to pull heartstrings.

Also Diversity: 1 mixed person (Asian and White?) of a 5 person cast.... Read more Read less

80
Stylized melancholy boys' coming of age tale told at playground swing set., Thought-provoking, Quirky, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if If rather thick Scottish accents aren't a barrier for you, the energy of the young cast will win you over.

Don't see it if If you have no patience for stylized, somewhat abstract motion oriented story telling, you might want to pass on this one.

91
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are interested in Scottish plays about Kids who play on swings & what happens teasing takes place. Excellent cast, staging, agility👍🏼

Don't see it if If you have trouble with accents. I had no trouble understanding language. Not into dark theme

Also 90 minutes. No intermission or elevator. Need to walk up 2 flights, st... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Profound, Intelligent, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if This import from Scotland was worth the wait! Bravo Bravo Bravo! Outstanding in all rating categories. Go see this real gem!

Don't see it if Very little if anything to criticize.

78
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy an absorbing slice-of-life without much of a plot. The guys are attractive and convincing

Don't see it if you don't like adult actors playing children and prefer that the main (only) plot point was so obvious.

66
Entertaining, Slow, Profound, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you enjoy memory plays and want to see a show in which a young adult relives key moments from his youth.

Don't see it if you don't want to see adults playing pre-teens and/or you prefer plays that are more consistent. There is a major tone shift in this play.

92
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are looking for a surprisingly entertaining look at how the effects of childhood trauma can last into adulthood.

Don't see it if you insist on understanding every word. The Scottish accents are impeccable -- but thick.

78
Older cast plays teens, Underdeveloped, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy coming of age stories

Don't see it if you want a finished show. Fun enough production - undeveloped play.

80
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Clever

See it if Interesting play involving actors portraying themselves as young children from memory. The actors were all very physical.

Don't see it if Portraying their youth both the good and the bad times. Difficult subject matter might upset some theatregoers.

69
Confusing, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if into a good production of a faulty play about Scottish boys and swings

Don't see it if impatient

Also highlights include a lovely dance around the swings and the actors' ad... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Moving, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if A defining moment in the lives of childhood friends reminds us of the gift life is and what we do to live our lives. A special loving play

Don't see it if It is thought provoking and moving and it invites us to look inward and out at life. It is set in Scotland so there are accents.

Also It surprised me at how masterfully the story is told and how the pictu... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing

See it if You like small shows that touch an adolescence and the adolescence dealing with tragedy.

Don't see it if You're looking for something lite.

Also Wonderful cast and direction. I would have preferred a script that was... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Resonant

See it if You like small, intimate shows about childhood and growing up.

Don't see it if You want entertainment only, and do not want a story that centers around violence against children.

Also All design elements and staging are wonderful. Actors are great. the s... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Engaging

See it if you enjoy British works, modern topics, coming-of-age tales, social issues

Don't see it if you're sensitive to childhood trauma and/or mature topics

Also A fun but also sombre play that revisits a harrowing event from David'... Read more Read less

90
Engaging, Highly believable depiction of childhood by adult, male actors, Energetic, Terrific acting, Refreshing

See it if Very well-acted, funny-sad story of a group of 9-year-old, Scottish boys in the summer of 1983 & the incident that changes their lives.

Don't see it if Scottish accents would be problematic or violence towards children is triggering.

Also The five, adult, male actors did an amazing and incredibly believable ... Read more Read less

89
Profound, Touching, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great, provocative and out of the box new works in intimate spaces

Don't see it if you don't like foreign accents

During previews
88
Kinetic, Heartfelt, Sharp

See it if you’d like to experience a sharply written, staged & performed engagement of an almost unbearable subject, violence against a young child.

Don't see it if engaging the subject of violence perpetrated against a child might be too hard for you to sit through.

Also “Decky Does a Bronco” is not a perfect script. Having a character narr... Read more Read less


September 13th, 2019
"Thrillingly Memorable and Devastating DECKY DOES A BRONCO at The Royal Family Performing Arts Space"
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September 15th, 2019
'Making its U.S. debut 19 years after its Scottish premiere in an actual park, Douglas Maxwell's 'Decky Does a Bronco' is a worthy addition to the dramatic literature of plays about childhood and the loss of innocence. Under the direction of Ethan Nienaber, the talented cast of five gives indelib...
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