In the Boom Boom Room
In the Boom Boom Room

In the Boom Boom Room NYC Reviews and Tickets

(15 Ratings)
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Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the Show

Chain Theatre revives David Rabe's 1972 drama about a go-go dancer searching for love and beauty against a backdrop of nihilistic hedonism.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (15)

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393 Reviews | 101 Followers
Ambitious, Brave, Edgy, Dated, Solid acting

See it if Solid, all-in performances are enough; a well if thinly written, unresolved period piece showing a darker side of the not yet feminist 70's.

Don't see it if You cringe at domestic violence, racist language or the objectification of women — or a girl's unrelenting downhill spiral of poor choices.

Also Rabe's play is definitely a period piece now, though the underlying issues of poverty, poor choices & abuse are pretty timeless. Still, the writing, which is for the most part engaging, seems written from the outside, from a distance. As a studied rather than living thing, motivations & actions get muddied & just not believable. It's a great showcase for the actors, however, a strong ensemble that runs with the material, each of the principals shining at moments, Kassa a standout as her Crissie spirals to rock bottom. It's easy to forget just how unpleasant and ugly the 70's could be, all patriarchy, polyester, racism & Viet Nam, as a nascent women's movement was struggling to assert itself. That it coexisted with a sad & ugly parallel universe of exploitation & limited options is unfortunately still the case, the vulnerable still all too vulnerable. Dated as it is, & with its all-too-faux go-go moves, the Chain Theatre deserves credit for the revival; it's a ballsy choice.

70 Reviews | 12 Followers
Intense, Creative staging, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disturbing

See it if you are a fan of David Rabe or are interested in a show that deals with racial and gender bias found in the norms and opinions of the 70s.

Don't see it if you're offended by racial slurs, obscenities, or displays of physical violence, or you don't want to see a show about the unenlightened 70s.

172 Reviews | 24 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you want to be immersed in 70's ideals. great acting, well written, enjoyable 2 hours

Don't see it if you are easily offended by language and violence

24 Reviews | 3 Followers
Clever, Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if If you want to see a plot around a deep and troubled young woman

Don't see it if If you want something light and fluffy

22 Reviews | 31 Followers
Ambitious, Edgy, Profound, Raunchy, Great writing

See it if You love David Rabe's writing and want to see a great set and mostly good acting

Don't see it if You want to see a production with great acting in this difficult, brilliant play

Also The production must have cost a small fortune for an AEA Showcase, and some of the acting was excellent. Unfortunately the woman playing Chrissy was miscast, and the entire show revolves around her--without a strong actor in that role, much of the resonance is lost. Also, the sense of menace was underplayed, or pulled back.

12 Reviews | 14 Followers
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense

See it if You like to go on an emotional roller coaster journey and be exposed to a raw unchanging world.

Don't see it if You want a light breezy show with the ending tied up in a nice neat bow.

1 Review | 2 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see theatre that takes an uncompromising stand and presents issues that need to still be confronted in today's society.

Don't see it if If you aren't sophisticated enough to realize theatre is not just to entertain, but to reflect elements of society that need to be changed.

1 Review | 0 Followers
Absorbing, Must see, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You love thought-provoking and engaging theater. This is the kind of show that begs you to talk about the issues and ideas for hours after

Don't see it if If you like things tied in a neat bow. If you don't understand how 40 years later this can still be relevant.

Also The Chain Theatre continues to astound with this piece. The play is still timely and relevant today. Perhaps more so. This is the type of theatre everyone should be seeing. It is pieces like this that shed light on topics people are far too scared to talk about. The world of theatre needs more productions like this and more companies like the Chain daring enough to successfully mount them.

Critic Reviews (6)

Theatre is Easy
May 2nd, 2017

“A raw, uneven revival with a standout lead…Chrissy is often a difficult character to understand or be engaged by…Chrissy's parents remain inscrutable, especially in the overly long second act…There are too many scenes with Chrissy's parents that don't add much...The play makes for a time capsule of sorts…It’s a polarizing show that won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but it’s a chance to see a Rabe play that gets far less attention than his other works, and features a lead actress worth watching.”
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Theater Pizzazz
May 3rd, 2017

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t hold up as well—it’s relatively flat and lacks insight by today’s standards—as the other works, not to mention its tendency to meander. A healthy dose of editing and more lively acting would have been vastly improved this production. Either way, given the drastic changes in American culture since this play’s debut, and its lack of current relevance, it’s no surprise this play is seldom performed.”
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This Week in New York
April 28th, 2017

"This hardscrabble production packs a wallop that sneaks up on you...The play drags at times and is too long at more than two and a half hours; in addition, the story is a familiar one, yet Rabe’s incisive writing, Greg Cicchino’s steady direction, and the solid ensemble’s intimacy make for an appealing production...A potent reminder that as a society, we might not have come nearly as far as we thought."
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Diandra Reviews it All
April 29th, 2017

"A piercing look at a society dangerously close to our own lives...'In the Boom Room' is a rough watch...Probably one of the only, if not one of the best, off-Broadway plays, currently, approaching the topic of child sex abuse...Nina Kassa’s Chrissy is a giant highlight...Director Cicchino has set up the play to never lose a sense of eeriness and inner lostness, just like Chrissy...'In the Boom Boom Room' is constantly approaching the confusion of being human, especially after so much trauma."
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On Stage Blog
April 27th, 2017

"This is the worst play I have seen in my entire life...It is pointless and harmful to continue producing 'In the Boom Boom Room,' written in 1973...Unbearably vulgar, suffocating and vile. If you are feeding your audience heavy sexist, racist and perverted bullshit, you need to have some sort of relief from it, whether it’s in the plot itself or done through stylization...Add to that inarticulate direction and sloppy acting and you get a formula for a theatrical failure and a ruined night."
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May 5th, 2017

"Rabe writes in an organic, raging style seldom found among today’s playwrights...Director Cicchino attempts, with mixed results, to get inside Rabe’s musicality...Kassa provides the show with a strong emotional core...When it’s cooking, the production succeeds in bringing to life the script’s odd blend of social satire and personal tragedy...Unfortunately, not all of ‘In The Boom Boom Room’ lands with the same surety...Something of the momentum gets lost in all the hurlyburly."
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