Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the Clifton Players’ production of A Bright New Boise with LCT nominations for Ensemble Acting in a Play and Sound Design (David Levy) as well as distinguishing it as a recommended production.
Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise is an earnest comedy about the meager profits of modern faith. In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these and other lost souls of the Hobby Lobby confront an unyielding world through the beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith.
Panelists thought the ensemble was “superb…a seamless, well balanced team”, “fresh ‘new faces’ who were engaging and played solidly”. David Levy’s “soundscape was textured, astoundingly detailed, realistic, and effective”. Overall, panelists recommended it as “a powerful, thought-provoking evening of theatre”.
A Bright New Boise continues through October 28th. Tickets can be purchased at http://cliftonperformancetheatre.com.