The Whale / A Bright New Boise

The Whale / A Bright New Boise Author Samuel D. Hunter
ISBN-10 1559364602
ISBN-13 9781559364607
Year 2014-09-30
Pages 200
Language English
Publisher Theatre Communications Group
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Acclaimed for his gentle complex characterizations Samuel D Hunter s bighearted and funny plays explore the quiet desperation running through many American lives The Whale tells the story of a six hundred pound shut in s last chance at redemption and of discovering beauty in the most unexpected places when he reaches out to his long estrangedand severely unhappydaughter Hunter s second piece the Obie Award winning A Bright New Boise is a philosophical investigation of faith and search for meaning in rural Idaho where a disgraced evangelical is forced to take a minimum wage job at the local Hobby Lobby craft store in an effort to reunite with his estranged son Praise for The Whale Beautifully devastating The Whale manages to be about so very much at once writing parenting teaching religion body image overeating the price paid by gay couples born in the wrong state or just a few years too soon But most of all The Whale is a remarkably eloquent exploration of the way the need for honesty overwhelms us when we sense that our time is short Chris Jones Chicago Tribune A vibrant provocative new play The sharp eared skill and sensitivity with which Hunter explores his thickly layered material are matched by his fair mindedness Michael Feingold Village Voice Extraordinary Hunter has constructed an outsize gothic scenario in tender miniature against a backdrop so blandly bleak we brace ourselves for despair the sound of cascading highway traffic braids itself with the crashing surf inside Charlie s head Is it all too much Never for a second Scott Brown New York A deeply affecting and piercingly amusing play about guilt and connection Hunter has given all of these funny sad lost souls details that emerge bit b y bit and twist and expand the story in compelling ways Joe Dziemianowicz New York Daily News The Whale is a tragedy in a minor key about a man torn between flesh and spirit Humane sharp and often funny David Cote TimeOut New York Samuel D Hunter s compelling psychologically complex play takes the audience to the confounding no man s land of nihilism John Lahr New YorkerPraise for A Bright New Boise A dark droll and ultimately explosive work Funny compassionate and disturbing all at once Hunter s quintessentially American scenario portrays an individual trapped in an emotional and cultural wasteland his life configured by uncaring impersonal forces his spirit hobbled by unnamed guilt Deborah Klugman LA Weekly A simple superb little heartland heartbreaker This is a rube tragedy a respectful and honest feeling one for a change with unquenchable humor and scrupulous emotional honesty and by jingo it sings Scott Brown New York Exhilarating A Bright New Boise is an unsparing account of the hunger pangs in the barren American gut Hunter has such highly sensitive antennae for the look and rhythm of mundane places that A Bright New Boise develops an authentic texture separate from other pieces in its genre Peter Marks Washington Post Despite the crisp wind of despair that blows through Samuel D Hunter s beautifully realized A Bright New Boise this clear eyed comedy about faith s meager harvest will still lift your heart Some of it is simple delight in craft The rest of our pleasures lie in Hunter s gentle characterizations a plot that mingles absurdity and genuine philosophical investigation Helen Shaw TimeOut New York An anxious funny look at the messianic and the mundane in America Hunter delivers these characters and their crucibles with tenderness and rage For all its mistrust of religion the play is a kind of prayer Charles Isherwood New York Times

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