Decky Does a Bronco

Graham Baker, Kennedy Kanagawa, Cody Robinson, David Gow and Misha Osherovich hanging around in Decky Does a Bronco. Original photo by Daniel Davila.
What could go wrong when five grown men act like children?

By Andrew Andrews

In the summer of 1983, five boys in primary school converged every day on the neighborhood swing set in Girvan, Scotland. Not to swing, but to bronco.

A bronco is when you ride the swing standing up to build momentum, then jump off, as you kick the seat up over the bar that holds the chains. It looks easy, but it’s not. And the youngest of the bunch, named Decky, is the only one too scared to do it.

Douglas Maxwell’s play, which premiered in the year 2000, is regarded as one of the most significant works of early 21st century Scottish theatre. Now, a team headed by David Gow (who also performs as the character Chrissy) brings this tragicomedy to New York, where it’s sure to appeal to anyone reminiscent of the bygone days when life was carefree, until suddenly, it wasn’t.

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Andrew Andrews attended Decky Does a Bronco at The Royal Family Performing Arts Space in New York on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 8:00pm to write this review.

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