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Dying in Boulder

From 20 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (20)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious

69
Long, Indulgent, Slow

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.

Also Is this supposed to be a sarcastic dramedy or a drama with some funny ... Read more Read less

69
Funny, Slow, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Ambitious

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

58
Slow, Intense, Good acting, Depressing, Cliched

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.

57
Great acting, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if Well done production with uneven (but sometimes rewarding script)

Don't see it if Not into cancer death story


March 11th, 2019
"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...
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March 3rd, 2019
"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...
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March 3rd, 2019
"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 stu...
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March 4th, 2019
"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 a...
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