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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Stage

Re: “'This Wonderful Life' a Not-So-Wonderful Play

This play is a celebration of life. Brought to stage, BCT'S This Wonderful Life is an up-close relationship between the Capra film's story, the audience, and their new guide to the original story, Tom Ford. I was entranced from start to finish.

Thanks to Ford's tremendous performance, I felt more engaged by the story than I remembered from all the times I've seen It's a Wonderful Life--or at least in a new way. Though I love both, the communal theater experience has opportunity for an audience to feel like connected participants in the action, more than is allowed in the presentational quality of film. But this play was more than a narrative retelling, a rehashing or a recap--and Ford's performance was not mimicry.

As a solo actor, Ford did more than bring the characters from Capra's film to life. Through the film lover character, he showed how these Bedford Falls, WWII Era characters matter here and now. He made me love them, yet also see beyond them as characters, as though they were real people who lived. Also, as a monologue play, This Wonderful Life reveals the original's themes of being alone-together and attempting the impossible in ways the film does not.

With Murray's play, the shared infectious love for It's a Wonderful Life grabs an important heart: by showing how a meaty piece of art can long outlast its original artists and take on new journeys, this stage version is itself a new journey. I don't think any love or magic was explained away, but enhanced contagiously throughout the room.

I can't wait to see This Wonderful Life again and I know many who feel the same way.

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Posted by Heidi Kraay on 12/04/2013 at 2:33 PM

Re: “If This Wind Chime Could Talk

That photograph was taken by a Mr. Zak Darbin. He's single, ladies...

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Posted by FunFan on 09/04/2013 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Bill Burr vs. Boise

Wow Josh!!!! Another great review....... not! Who taught you how to write? Get your money back!!!!!! Just sayin ........................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Leona Campbell on 07/29/2013 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Bill Burr vs. Boise

One of the funniest people I have ever seen.

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Posted by Joe on 07/24/2013 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Bill Burr vs. Boise

Regularly drops N-bombs? You mean F-Bombs? Never heard Bill Burr drop an N-Bomb.

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Posted by Ian Morrison on 07/24/2013 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Finding Boise's Funniest Person

This is gonna be such a fun series of shows! You can see all the contestants at, and meet the coaches, judges, and producers (Sarah Shamblin Foster is actually a Co-Producer). I can't wait to see who is 2013's funniest Boisean!

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Posted by Zefareu Privatis on 07/03/2013 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Blithe Spirit Opens ISF's 37th Season

Outdated? Dispiriting? Poor you.....

Posted by ISF Fan on 06/17/2013 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Two Plays Give Dramatic Voice to Tribulations of Human Psyche

This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary's Baby, Stepford Wives and Deathtrap explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Unexpected twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat.…

Posted by Tricia Richey-Stoesser on 05/23/2013 at 8:42 AM

Re: “While Imperfect, Ballet Idaho's Swan Lake Has Soul

Nicely done review - except I'd say James Brougham's Rothbart was spot on. Not "over-dramatic" -- it was exactly what the ballet calls for.

Posted by peedg on 04/18/2013 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Ballet Idaho's Carmen and Don Quixote Bring Spanish Flair to Morrison Center

Ballet Idaho has come so far in such a short period of time. Boise is so fortunate to have Mr. Anastos.

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Posted by peedg on 02/13/2013 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Have a Lively Time at Evil Dead: The Musical


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Posted by Matt Gorden on 10/17/2012 at 10:19 AM

Re: “High King of Controversy, Bill Maher, Stands Up to Boise

Thanks for the lesson on DV. I'll avoid people who are colloquial and a little vulgar in talking politics for my own safety in the future. Didn't say you discriminate against the LGBT community, just used it as an example to explain where the Left anger comes from when we still have a huge community of citizens living as second class minorities--so you don't have to spend the rest of your life baffled and upset by my giant leap. I feel way more "talked down to" as a woman by your self righteous little lecture--which wasn't nearly as intellectual as you may have hoped, than anything I've heard M-a-h-e-r say. No, I'm not a victim of domestic violence--but neither is Sarah Palin. Bill isn't dating her, wasn't addressing her, wasn't holding her by the throat or threatening her. He pointed out her cunty behavior (spewing hatred and anti-woman/homosexual/economically depressed rhetoric) by saying "what a cunt!" So calm down and stop turning him into the snarling, sexist, violent person that FOX told you he was--all we ALL see is his political commentary, his comedy, and maybe the occasional picture of him out on a date with a woman (none of whom look too terrified). We all don't know him and you don't have a special ability to determine that he is abusive because he said a word that has been in circulation since the 13th century--meaning genitals, becoming a little more crude in Shakespeare's time, and then finally meaning nasty person.

I'm done. Nothing will change your mind, but I can choose to stop reading your poorly constructed arguments. I am not saying you are a fool--which you afforded me, but I am saying that you are ignorant, meaning uninformed or uneducated (thanks for that) to the idea of logical fallacy.

Speaking of Shakespeare, "I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!"

Now please, I'm trying to watch the new rules!

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Posted by Dusty on 08/17/2012 at 10:30 PM

Re: “High King of Controversy, Bill Maher, Stands Up to Boise

I don't hate Ann Coulter and if I did, I wouldn't hate her because she's a "stupid bitch along the lines of Ayn Rand." I highly dislike Ann Coulter's rhetoric because if you listen to her (and this comes with a warning because it'll make your ears bleed), what she says is the epitome of trolling. She makes brash completely insupportable comments intended to make the left come unglued at the seams and her sole intent is to stir up controversy and maelstrom in order to rake in the big bucks. I don't resent her making a living, but I do resent that she adds nothing of substance to the debate, she is not a serious thinker or speaker, and her books are poorly referenced and researched. I resent that her harpy shrieks are a schtick, a gimmick, a ruse. She's a rube in a cocktail dress. Bill Maher may hold some opinions I disagree with, but no one can call his comedy a mere schtick. He's also put his money where his mouth is and he's also had to live with the consequences of speaking his mind (having been the /only/ person to actually have lost his job as a result of the events that came to be known as 9/11 and those events that surrounded it). At least Bill has the decency to engage in conversation instead of staging a show where people just yell past one another, where spirited debate can be held, even at elevated volumes. If I still lived in Boise, I'd be happy to shell out some bucks to see him play to a Boise audience.

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Posted by godivademaus on 08/17/2012 at 3:00 PM

Re: “High King of Controversy, Bill Maher, Stands Up to Boise

I don't wanna' be hostile.
I don't wanna' be dismal.
And I don't wanna' rot in an apathetic existence.
See I wanna' believe you,
And I wanted to trust you,
And I wanna' have faith to put away the dagger.

But you lie, cheat, and steal.
you lie, cheat, and steal.
you lie, cheat, and steal.
And yet I tolerate you?

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Posted by Sean Cook on 08/17/2012 at 2:35 PM

Re: “High King of Controversy, Bill Maher, Stands Up to Boise

All this talk of intolerance makes me want to put on the Tool song. Awesome, thanks.

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Posted by Sean Cook on 08/17/2012 at 2:34 PM

Re: “High King of Controversy, Bill Maher, Stands Up to Boise

Idaho may be red but there are a great deal of blue choir people in Boise.

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Posted by Amievoltaire on 08/17/2012 at 2:01 PM

Re: “High King of Controversy, Bill Maher, Stands Up to Boise

Fuck yeah Bill Maher. Hit me up lets light one up together!

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Posted by Kaesi Ashden Ortega on 08/17/2012 at 1:42 PM

Re: “High King of Controversy, Bill Maher, Stands Up to Boise

To the people saying "oh, the left is hateful!!!1111!!!!"

Yeah, you're right. But what do we hate on? The right is notorious for hating non-white, non-straight, poor, and apparently non-male citizens. You can say you don't hate them, but your policies say otherwise. Refusal to support marriage equality, welfare, social programs, anti-discrimination laws, reproductive rights, etc. are all examples of being hateful. If you thought of those groups as equal you'd be campaigning for their civil rights, but instead so many of you right wingers do the opposite.

The left doesn't hate Ann Coulter because she's a female conservative; we hate her because she's a stupid bitch along the lines of Ayne Rand. Just put a little square mustache on her and she looks like a female Hitler. We hate Rush Limbaugh because he's a prick. But unlike you conservatives we don't try to keep them down or threaten them with violence; at least not our mainstream liberals. We for the most part don't hate people for what they are born to be (though try telling a liberal that people who naturally find kids attractive aren't inherently pieces of crap and some of them go ballistic) and in fact encourage them to live their lives as equals.

We hate on douchebags; you hate on people for their genes.

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Posted by demonduck on 08/17/2012 at 11:03 AM

Re: “High King of Controversy, Bill Maher, Stands Up to Boise

Hey David, I appreciate that you have some perspective on domestic violence. And if we ever find out that Bill Maher beats or abuses women, we can look in your direction as you beam with righteousness. But that doesn't change the context of his profession, or the value that certain people find in his product (certainly a "free-market" idea if there ever was one). I can honestly confess that I have, numerous times, called things "gay." I can't say I ever beat up a homosexual person, nor would any of my gay friends tell you that I am abusive toward them. I realize that language can come loaded with lots of between-the-lines context, but sometimes you just use a word without the full force that word can convey. When someone on this comment thread used "the n-word," as you denounced, that word was thrown with the full force of hate and bigotry. When Bill used "the c-word," I didn't see him abusing Sarah Palin or threatening her with violence. As oft noted, the Brits use "the c-word" in daily speech, about the same way some Americans playfully toss around the words "bitch" or "jackass." Not every use of an offensive term is cause for a nuclear response, and it would be to your benefit to observe the context of the statement. Sarah Palin says brash, hateful, and arrogant things; sometimes we disagree with her so much that we say inappropriate things. I don't disagree that Bill could have said something much more intelligent in his disagreement with Palin, but I can also understand the reaction she elicits in those who fundamentally disagree with her views. You have every right to disagree with Bill Maher, and to refuse to pay for his concert tickets or watch his show or network. But you should be more respectful of those who disagree with you, rather than resorting to playground taunts and name-calling.

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Posted by DB8/DV8 on 08/17/2012 at 10:30 AM

Re: “High King of Controversy, Bill Maher, Stands Up to Boise

To Posted by Gene Tracy on 08/15/2012 at 11:18 PM. You are a mentally ill piece of human waste. Your comment of "niggi-tive attitudes. Come November when we take the country back from the nigras," DO NOT call yourself a tea-party representative or a Republican. You are NOT now, will never be and will never be able to understand what being a tea-party member is about or being a Republican. I stand firm with my Liberal Friend and brothers in calling you what you are, a pathetic little worm.

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Posted by David Cline on 08/17/2012 at 9:36 AM


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