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Dying in Boulder

From 7 critic and 19 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Slow, Funny, Quirky, 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.

New York Stage 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

Theater Reviews from my Seat

"'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

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.

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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

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

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.

Cast & Creatives (12)