Members say: Funny, Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining, Excruciating

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.

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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.


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65
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

55
Theatermania

"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

55
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

60
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

45
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

85
BroadwayWorld

“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

80
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

80
Variety

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

45
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

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15
Indulgent, Excruciating, 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.

7
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.

44
Disappointing

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.

20
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Dated

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.

75
Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining, 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.

66
Funny, Clever

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.

60
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

61
Funny, Edgy, Quirky, Insipid, Trite

See it if You enjoy parodies and Laughing at women

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

16
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if were fooled by early reviews

Don't see it if want to be entertained..not what i expected

97
Funny, Masterful, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

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

83
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

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

50
Quirky, Cliched

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.

72
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

85
Funny, Ambitious, Clever

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.

82
During previews
Quirky, Satirical, Hilarious, Campy, Fluffy

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.

50
During previews
Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You belong to star Jimmy Fowlie's cult of fanatics--the audience was packed with them screaming with laughter at every cruel jibe. Ugh!

Don't see it if Like me, you consider ditzy pathetic airheaded losers as objects of your pity rather than a source of cruel sniggering glee. Again, ugh!.

5
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to be horribly disappointed by a play you thought might be funny. I only gave it a 5 for the $5.00 I payed to see it.

Don't see it if You have any respect for La La Land, Emma Stone, 1 person shows, theater in general or your time. I cannot say AVOID this play loud enough!

65
During previews
Clever, Indulgent, Confusing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want some fun and light entertainment that doesn't involve any thought at all

Don't see it if you're not into campy stuff

91
During previews
Intelligent, Refreshing, Absurd, Riotous

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.

70
During previews
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Cliched, Fluffy

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

75
During previews
Delightful, Masterful, Hilarious, Compelling, Stupid

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.

65
During previews
Fluffy, One-note, Mildly entertaining in a few spots.

See it if You love solo movie parody shows with an actor who works hard at...something.

Don't see it if You either never saw or saw and loved La La Land. This show didn’t work for me on many levels.

Also There’s a LOT of fussy stage business with dragging around set pieces ... Read more Read less

57
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you respond to industry jokes and want to see a silly impersonation that gets old fast.

Don't see it if you're willing to sit through more than an hour for a handful of jokes to hit home; you can't buy into the feeling of a frat skit gone wrong

60
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Slow

See it if If you’re bored and laugh at anything. Could have potential with a new writer and director on second thought it could use a new star too.

Don't see it if If you need/want to have a good time. Humor is low at best and the seats are uncomfortable.

56
During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Fluffy, Flamboyant, Funny in parts

See it if You like quirky plays. Tie ins to LaLa land simewhat a stretch though. Actor certainly tried hard and put himself out there

Don't see it if You expect a clear satire on lala land. More like an actor playing dress up as Emma Stone... though he certainly puts in a good effort


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