Reality, not rapture, from ‘A Bright New Boise’
“Now . . . ” That’s the first line of Samuel D. Hunter’s 2010 play “A Bright New Boise.” It’s delivered, in the current Zeitgeist Stage Company New England premiere production at the Boston Center for the Arts, by Will (Victor Shopov) in semi-darkness. He’s facing the audience, as if about to begin a monologue; you could almost expect that pause to be followed by “is the winter of our discontent.” Will’s life in Idaho is in fact a perpetual winter of discontent, and his hopes are pinned not on the glorious sun of York but on the glorious son of God. A bright new Boise, he hopes, will arrive with the rapture. Until then, he has his own son to worry about.