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So Long Boulder City

From 9 critic and 38 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Quirky, Disappointing, Indulgent, Entertaining

About the show

Straight from the world of almost-Best Picture winner 'La La Land' comes this comic take on Emma Stone’s character’s ill-fated, never-before-seen, one-woman show. Starring Jimmy Fowlie as Mia Dolan. More…

What was it about this poorly produced, shoddily designed and sparsely attended production that was supposed to launch this struggling actress into super stardom? 'So Long Boulder City' is a life-affirming tale of determination, ambition, crushed hopes, and Hollywood triumph.

1h 0m | Already closed | SubCulture Theater (Greenwich V)


“A sometimes lighthearted, at times sad, but constantly funny and endearing take on one woman's attempt to be an actor...As engaging with its plot as what Fowlie visually presents to us...A heartfelt, inspirational story that makes us really appreciate the power of a dedicated soul...Fowlie makes the actor's journey seem a bit more familiar, a bit more warmhearted and, of course, possessive of more wild and fun comedy than we would ever think the premise of this show to have." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

“A ridiculous and enjoyable spoof...While the parody is enjoyable, it’s hard to watch a talented actor like Fowlie wait for cheap laughs from his audience...The script is sharp and witty in most places and the story moves quickly until we get to a few unbearably funny costume changes...It is the too-muchness of the show that makes it work – so while I cannot say it is the funniest show I’ve ever seen, I can say it is incredibly well done.” Full Review

Time Out New York

“An amusing portrait of basic-girl enthusiasm and self-delusion...Mia projects a can-do attitude that does not appear to accurately reflect what she is actually capable of. Because her egocentrism is harmless, she remains likeable as the show follows her through a number of terrible accents and several supremely ill-conceived costume changes...As both satire and character study, it's pretty slender stuff. It may not get any blood from its Stone, but it seems to have fun poking.” Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"In its funniest moments, 'So Long, Boulder City' is a deadly accurate spoof of the kind of high-hopes, low-rent fringe theatre epic...After a while, however, it becomes clear that 'So Long, Boulder City' has little more than one-liners to offer, which vary wildly in quality, and the evening grows tiresome before long. It's the sort of premise that would have worked much better in a short sketch, and Fowlie and Black, who also directed, struggle to keep it going." Full Review

The New York Times

“Most of the jokes hit me as grin-worthy at best, and Mr. Fowlie seemed too convinced of his own funniness, pausing after each line in anticipation of the laugh...The satire is scattershot, the zingers not so zingy...Mia’s show is unintentionally terrible while Mr. Fowlie’s is intentionally bad. Mia’s sleazy agent calls solo shows 'self-indulgent, self-congratulatory and self-masturbatory.' Mr. Fowlie’s is all of those things. On purpose. If only it were worse." Full Review


"They're funny bits that will most likely get a laugh out of anyone who's had to drink their way through a friend's self-produced passion project. But they're bits that have been done before, and in much sharper ways. What's missing in all of this clichéd ridicule is either the irreverent love or intense derision for the source material that inspired such a niche choice…Fowlie reaches for the low-hanging trope of a dumb actor with the audacity of ambition." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"'So Long Boulder City' isn’t so much for me—or anyone who’s never seen 'La La Land'—as much as it is for devoted fans and certainly for Fowlie and Black, who wrote it after seeing the award-winner 10 times...Fowlie takes stage with a walk that brings to mind a particularly perky sorority sister, but Mia’s behavior didn’t get me to laugh, not once. Others were chuckling throughout, which leads me to suggest that 'La La Land' fanatics make up their own mind and that the rest of us stay home." Full Review


for a previous production "A spot-on parody of L.A. solipsism...It takes a certain fearlessness to go out and embarrass oneself in front of a crowd, and Fowlie milks the awkwardness, especially in the show’s climactic moment...It’s all in the delivery, and Fowlie’s comic timing is impeccable, not just with dialogue, but also in two outrageously long costume changes and a sequence in which he takes forever to rearrange the set...Amid the absurdity, they’ve actually made us care about the character." Full Review

Stage Raw

for a previous production "The production is slick and professional...The audience came prepared to laugh, and laugh they did, almost constantly. I, regretfully, was considerably less amused...The script is jam-packed with hip insider jokes about the entertainment industry, and it’s full of predictable targets...She plays a number of characters, but goes in for such elaborate costume changes that her performance becomes absurdly bogged down. The show is not my cup of tea...It may be yours." Full Review

Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if You have ever had to sit thru a self indulgent one person show and/or if you loled during La La Land when Emma Stone said she would do one

Don't see it if You don't want to see anybody making fun of La La Land

Ambitious, Clever, Funny

See it if You love satire.

Don't see it if You don’t like self referential comdies

Also A very funny take-off of One Person Shows.

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Campy

See it if you like campy shows with tongue firmly in cheek & don’t mind small-scale, low-budget productions. No need to be a “LaLa Land” fan to enjoy.

Don't see it if you don’t like camp, solo performers or you have some strange issue with seeing men portray women.

Clever, Funny

See it if find humor in insider movie-biz references, celebrity satire and intentionally bad acting.

Don't see it if a one drag queen show based on a bit of trivia from the film La la Land will not hold your attention for an hour.

Insipid, Edgy, Funny, Quirky, Trite

See it if You enjoy parodies and Laughing at women

Don't see it if You're offended by humor targeted at females

Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You love La La Land or love making fun of La La Land.

Don't see it if You've never seen La La Land and don't enjoy parodies.

Excruciating, Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You are friends with Jimmy. You like drag. You like pop culture humor. You want to see a show somewhat related to LA LA Land.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained. You want a fast paced show. You want a comedic show to be funny. You want a show that you will remember.

Also I don't know Jimmy other than from this show. His friends seemed to be... Read more Read less


See it if I didn't enjoy the show ,It wasn't funny and the story was annoying.

Don't see it if You don't like drag.

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You are a friend of the "artist". You enjoy lampooning what is already self-lampooning. You enjoy laughing at the inept.

Don't see it if You want drama or an interesting character.

Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Sophmoric, Not funny at all

See it if you really want to see bad theater

Don't see it if you have any respect for your eyes and ears.

Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You want to support an up-and-coming actor who tries his best. Or want to laugh along w/the "creative team" who were the only ones laughing.

Don't see it if You hate lengthy scene changes, blasting music, incomprehensible plot & bad acting. Not funny in the least. Worst drag I've ever seen.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if i love parodies so this was fun, and i hated lala land which made this more enjoyable

Don't see it if you dont like one man sows who play a woman

Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if entertaining show, making fun of the earnest Mia Darrow from La La Land. Main actor had many of her mannerisms from the movie downpat.

Don't see it if you did not see la la land.

Cliched, Quirky

See it if You think guys in bad drag is funny.

Don't see it if If you're tired of clever "bad" one-person shows.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if A one "woman" show, funny and a parody of life in La La Land is a must see. Hillarious. Great performance.

Don't see it if Drag or one performer shows not your thing? Skip this, otherwise DO NOT MISS IT!

During previews
Absurd, Riotous, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You are in for an absurd joy ride about self-absorption. Having seen La La Land isn't required but will help you with a few of the jokes.

Don't see it if You are easily offended because there are endless jabs at just about everyone and everything. Nothing is off limits here.

During previews
Hilarious, Smart, Ridiculous, Self aware, Slightly tacky

See it if you want to laugh for an hour straight and watch someone take down one-person shows.

Don't see it if you haven’t seen “LaLa Land” or have very little experience seeing theater.

During previews
Hilarious, Fluffy, Campy, Satirical, Quirky

See it if You've seen La La Land. You like satire. You want a funny satire of terrible one-performer shows. You like camp.

Don't see it if You've never seen La La Land. You dislike satire and/or camp.

During previews
Entertained throughout the show

See it if You want to see an entertaining one woman show about trying to get a start in the business.

Don't see it if One person shows are not for you

Also I was entertained for the entire show and had a few laugh out loud mom... Read more Read less

During previews
Hilarious, Masterful, Compelling, Stupid, Delightful

See it if you're tickled by shining a light on bad acting and bad writing and bad show business delusions.

Don't see it if you're not interested in seeing a person do a masterful job at satirizing all the things that make one-person shows terrible.

During previews
Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Dizzying, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy movie parody that's quirky, ironic and filled with awkward humor. Fowlie's performance was intentionally bad and consistent.

Don't see it if You don't overacting the overacting kind of performance.

During previews
Absurd, Tongue-in-cheek, Awkward, Satirical

See it if you enjoy parodies, cringe humor, pop culture, drama nerd/starry-eyed ingenue cliches

Don't see it if you have not seen La La Land or are looking for a serious show

Also Jimmy Fowlie was hilarious and the show cleverly ties in what we know ... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Silly

See it if you loved La La Land. Or if you hated La La Land. Either way you will find plenty of material to enjoy.

Don't see it if you can't stand the thought of a one-person show. Or if you don't enjoy poking fun at every Hollywood stereotype.

Also I loved the movie. And wasn't sure I would enjoy 90 minutes of mockery... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Cliched

See it if If you like one person show, if you like spoofs, want to support someone working hard, want to see something out of the ordinary.

Don't see it if You expect a Tony performance, bit budget, expect to see a biological woman in role, don't like satire or spoofs, are straight laced.

Also I admit...this was a bit of a train wreck, but then it was supposed to... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if You like 1-man shows and parodies

Don't see it if You prefer conventional plays or musicals where performers don't break the 4th wall

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