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Decky Does a Bronco

From 53 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, 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 (53)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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.

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.

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

67
Slow, Quirky, Clever

See it if You enjoy fun dynamic choreographed sequences and unusual swing-related stunts and good performances.

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding accents. It's also a little slow/long/heavy-handed at the end. I wish there had been more of an event.

During previews
68
Frustrating, Original, Excruciating, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You can deal with a combination of very loud and creaky air conditioning, an annoying echo and very hard to understand Scottish accents !

Don't see it if The subject of sexual violence against children is not something you want to see discussed onstage. Excruciatingly loud noise bothers you.


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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