'A Bright New Boise' written by Obie award winning playwright, Samuel D. Hunter and directed by John Perrin Flynn, reminds me, in the best possible way, of a quirky indie film.
The play takes place in the corporate break room of Hobby Lobby, a craft store in Idaho . Will (the wonderful, Matthew Elkins) is a new employee. He's come to Boise to start over and to put behind him, a scandal involving his Evangelical church.
Will also has another agenda. To reconnect with his teenage son, Alex (Erik Odom) whom he hasn't seen in years.
Oh, did I mention, Will is also waiting for the Rapture....Yep, he is one of those.
'A Bright New Boise' is filled with an assortment of eccentric characters just like Will. But no matter how strange you might find them, they are all highly relatable.
Betsy Zajko (Pauline) is the no nonsense manager, whose job is, to keep these $7.25 an hour employees in line. Pauline tries her best to come across, hard core, but her soft, vulnerable side constantly comes through...especially in regards to Alex.
Tevor Peterson (Leroy) is excellent as Alex's tough foster brother/protector and Heather Tyler (Anna) nails it as one of Hobby Lobby's employees/lost souls.
All these people are broken in different ways, but they all want the same thing...to connect...to believe in someone or something.
I absolutely loved this play and highly recommend, you run to the Rogue Machine to see it, this week, because 'A Bright New Boise' closes this Sunday, January 27th.
The Rogue Machine is located at 5041 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90019 (West of LaBrea)
Schedule: 5pm Saturdays, 7pm Sundays.
Reservations: 1855-585-5185 or www.roguemachinetheatre.com