Third Rail Gets Existential in A Bright New Boise
"THE ABSOLUTE WORST feeling to walk out of a theater with is "So what?" So what, you actors sure do like the sound of your own voice. So what, I did this instead of watching Arrested Development? But it's rare to feel that way after a Third Rail show—their existence is a sustained argument for the ongoing relevance of theater as an art form, an argument I wish more companies were making." - Portland Mercury
Review: Third Rail's 'A Bright New Boise'
"As staged by director John Vreeke and Third Rail Repertory, A Bright New Boise, now entering its final week, is a marvelous and precariously balanced sculpture of working-class humor, deep thought, and spiritually tragic events that makes a number of incisive observations, applied with subtlety, and sans half-baked conclusions. Like any worthwhile work of art, those are left for us to sift and sort through." - Portland Monthly
Something to Believe In? Third Rail’s ‘A Bright New Boise’
"Pauline (the excellent Jacklyn Maddux) is the gruff — and profane — but loving boss, mohawk wearing Leroy (an intense, funny Chris Murray) is the resident malcontent, and Anna (Kerry Ryan in a nice comedic turn) is the ditz. At the play’s center are Will (Tim True in a magnificent performance) and Alex (the amazing Andy Lee Hillstrom), the son he gave up for adoption 17 years ago, and who he has come to Boise, and the Hobby Lobby, in the hopes of reuniting with." - PQ Monthly
The end times at the strip mall.
"Under the fluorescent lights of the employee break room, Will and Alex trade dialogue marked by fits and starts, or interrupted by the entrance of another blue-vested worker: Jacklyn Maddux’s sailor-mouthed and corporate-minded supervisor, Pauline; Kerry Ryan’s bumbling loner, who hides in the silk-flower section after hours and jabbers without thinking; and Chris Murray’s misguided art student, who tries to shake up customers by wearing T-shirts emblazoned with “FUCK” or “CUNT.” These actors play their tragicomic roles deftly." - Willamette Week
'A Bright New Boise' shines at the Winningstad
"The faith vs. art theme emerges in a struggle for influence over Alex, between the devout Will and confrontational art-student Leroy, Alex’s adoptive brother, played by Chris Murray with a mix of well-meaning protectiveness and juvenile arrogance. Meanwhile, alternative belief systems of mainstream materialism and mainstream liberal religion are represented by, respectively, a practical yet foul-mouthed store manager (an offhandedly funny Jacklyn Maddux) and a lonely Lutheran store clerk (rendered perfectly, hilariously awkward by Kerry Ryan)." - The Oregonian
"It’s both delicate and dark, a portrayal that reminds that no matter how long you’ve lived, you never, ever know what’s really going on in someone else’s head." - The Washington Post