A comic but moving exploration of American cultural confusion around aging and dying - and our inability to control either. More…
In a quest for a "good death," a dying Caucasian-American Buddhist in Boulder, Colorado enlists her reluctant mixed-Filipino family in micromanaging her impending funeral rites.
"Its articulate characters confront life’s challenges including death, birth, and disappointment with stalwart resolve, humor and mysticism. At times it seems overly leisurely but falls into place as it reaches its lovely conclusion...Director Ian Morgan injects as much focus and visual variety as possible with his energetic staging, melding the fine performances with picturesque qualities." Full Review
"A thoughtful play that looks back on the life a dying woman and her orchestration of her Buddhist burial. The play orbits around dying, the 'big D,' and how people confront or deny the inevitability of human mortality...Faigao-Hall manages to view the yin & yang of life & death and its acceptance & denial in varying cultural norms. The play uses levity to raise the solemn topic of a dignified death...A sensitive and thoughtful play unafraid to face the fear of facing death." Full Review
"At fade-out it’s both Bayani and, more significantly, Lydia spotlighted. But if she’s the one with whose dramatic arc we’re meant to be interested, she’s not intriguing enough...Perhaps a play is valid taking the attitude that all religions are worth little, and that therefore none is better nor worse than the other: take your lame choice. But 'Dying in Boulder' only modestly fills the bill." Full Review
"'Dying in Boulder' begins as a dark comedy which explores our reactions to end of life care...For every light-hearted joke, there are also deeper musings which emerge...The first act swings unevenly between humor and wisdom...The second act veers uncomfortably from light and slightly edgy comedy to a much darker place...The uneasy mix of sitcom laughs and stinging family dysfunction ultimately hinders the play’s focus." Full Review
"A plot problem, a character problem, and, most of all, a credibility problem. The playwright, Linda Faigao-Hall, has taken on a challenging dramatic situation -- a deathwatch -- but, despite some intriguing touches here and there, doesn't make compelling drama of it. For all its exotic trappings it is, at heart, an ordinary dysfunctional family donnybrook in which the usual bill of complaints is aired...Morgan's direction does its best to smooth over the script's less-credible aspects." Full Review
"A fairly standard work about death and aging...The play is as much about sisters as it is death, but neither Jane nor Lydia is a compelling character. Lydia is too shrill and disbelieving, while Jane is overly woo-woo...Morgan is unable to grab hold of any significant conflict to drive the story until it’s too late; it would have benefited by being trimmed from two acts and two hours to about eighty minutes without intermission." Full Review
"Although the playwright seems to be setting up 'Dying in Boulder' as a comedy, the second act gets deadly serious. And not in a good way...To pursue what proves to be a threadbare story about sisterly ill will resolved in a deathbed, the playwright blows an opportunity to deliver a satirical study in how some people and even some places can casually annex a variety of different cultural traditions to suit their fancies. A schizophrenic effort that ultimately satisfies neither as comedy nor d... Full Review
See it if you like riveting stories of culture clash, family drama, & the oft-comical awkwardness of mortality. Intense, poignant, real.
Don't see it if you really have serious issues with mortality and just don't want to deal. Nor if you are looking for fluff.
See it if You want to see a funny but moving production about living and dying. You want to see how a family deals with beliefs and an impending death
Don't see it if You don't want to be entertained. The thought of and talking about death disturbs you. You don't like small theaters.
See it if you have any interest in the ways of dying in the contemporary US, & what those customs do to families compelled to participate.
Don't see it if witnessing a deathwatch for a close relative might bring you more pain than insight.
See it if you are interested in the topic of end of life care. And you like quirky characters. Despite the morbid topic, it is surprisingly funny.
Don't see it if you are triggered by talk of death, drug use and/or religion.
See it if You are interested in a family drama about death. It's moving and amusing and uncomfortable all at once.
Don't see it if You don't want a play about death from cancer, or aren't interested in family dramas. This is sweet & strange, but not a big spectacle.
See it if You’d like to see a play about family drama over a dying family member & her wishes, culture clashes, religious & generational differences
Don't see it if You are offended by jokes on religious belief,Alcohol &drug consumption talk might bother you,discrimination discussion will make you bitter
See it if You are interested in what people do with the last weeks of their lives, or shows about family dysfunction.
Don't see it if You don't want to see a show about death. But that's probably obvious from the title.
See it if You're interested in where Eastern ideology meets Western prudishness. You're interested in stories about families grappling with death.
Don't see it if Plotlines about child neglect trigger you. You were hoping for a more experimental evening. This is a very traditional play.
See it if quirky characters facing end of life relationship issues are your kind of drama. Flashbacks illuminate the development of these issues.
Don't see it if family drama leaves you cold or if inconsistencies annoy you.
See it if You’re interested in the subject of dying and family relationships and the life choices we must make
Don't see it if needs to be edited too long slow and meandering. It’s a pity because there is some good content but it gets disapaited by too broad scope
See it if you want to see an overlong story about death with caricatured people. The humor felt awkward.
Don't see it if you don't need another predictable family death story. Nothing you haven't seen or heard.
See it if you want to see a somewhat comical view of dying from the perspective of two different culures, and involving a disfunctional family
Don't see it if you don't bring a padded seat cushion. The seating at La Mama Downstairs is horrific. Good actors but first act is really slow
See it if You enjoy a drama that follows a dysfunctional family's attempt to deal with death through cultural appropriation of Buddhism.
Don't see it if You are easily triggered by privileged white people claiming religious and cultural practices that has nothing to do with them.
See it if Pro acting, daughter was a standout. Very overwrought and somewhat cliched on the hippie front as the characters would have had to be older.
Don't see it if You are not into death and dying and family dynamics for 2 hours. Spoiler alert: you get the full enchilada complete with death rattle.
See it if Death-bed planning allows cross-cultural and multigenerational dysfunctional family to begin healing their wounds.
Don't see it if Wildly mashed up religious threads: Buddhist, Catholic, hippie, drug/alcohol recovery, spirit of the universe, etc...
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