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OnStage Playhouse delves into workplace complications with Samuel D. Hunter’s dark comedy ‘A Bright New Boise’

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Carla Navarro and Salomon Maya in OnStage Playhouse’s “A Bright New Boise.”
(James P. Darvas photo)

OnStage Playhouse brings another adventurous work of theater to the South Bay with the much-admired playwright Samuel D. Hunter’s “A Bright New Boise.”

The dark comedy, an Obie Award winner in 2011, tells a story of family ties and working-class survival among employees at an Idaho hobby shop.

James P. Darvas directs Holly Stephenson, Salomon Maya, Devin Wade, Carla Navarro and Markuz Rodriguez in the OnStage Playhouse production.

Hunter, a native of Idaho — where virtually all his plays have been set — is a 2014 MacArthur Foundation fellow whose work “The Few” had its world premiere at the Old Globe in 2013. The playwright’s Lucille Lortel Award-winning piece “The Whale” also was staged at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town four years ago.

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And he clearly has a fan in director Darvas, who helmed a production of Hunter’s “A Permanent Image” at Point Loma Playhouse earlier this year.

“A Bright New Boise” begins its monthlong run at OnStage next weekend.

‘A Bright New Boise’

When: Opens Aug. 2. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Sept. 1.

Where: OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista.

Tickets: $25 ($22 for seniors, students and active military).

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Phone: (619) 422-7787

Online: onstageplayhouse.org


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