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In the Boom Boom Room

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Members say: 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. More…

Chrissy has visions of a career as a dancer. She finds herself in The Boom Boom Room, a disco/bar in Philadelphia meant to be her first step on the road to a better life. Instead, she must fight to defend her dream and keep her anger in check amid the sex and stimulation that surround her, the psychological residue of her parents’ betrayals, and the bizarre pack of suitors who follow her. Chrissy careens from the seductive mistress of ceremonies at The Boom Boom Room, to the earnestly friendly gay man next door, to a brutally passionate lover.

Member Reviews (15)


Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing
Avg Score

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 is... Read more Read less

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

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.

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

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... Read more Read less

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.

Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy challenging theatre. If you like theatre that requires intelligence.

Don't see it if you prefer PG films. This is not for the meek or mild.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You are ready for an intense night of David Rabe's work. A very relevant, dark, humorous production with a new concept

Don't see it if Just a heads up for parents, there is adult themes and language in this show that may not be suitable for all ages.

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.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you enjoy great writing and intense plays. David Rabe is one of the greatest writers who explores difficult subjects in the human condition.

Don't see it if are offended by challenging material. This play may be difficult for some to handle but it is a rewarding experience.

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see a piece of challenging theatre that puts a woman's tragic story front and center.

Don't see it if Your looking for light entertainment.

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You want to explore theatre that is edgy and thought provoking.

Don't see it if You are easily offended and aren't able to see the big picture of what our societal issues are.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if you go to theatre for immersive storytelling, even if that story doesn't always have a happy ending

Don't see it if you don't believe racism, sexism, and homophobia in America is a problem.

Edgy, Great writing

See it if Wow. Just wow. This show will just send you home thinking. Incredibly thought provoking! Not exactly a fluffy comedy but SO WORTH IT!

Don't see it if you're perfectly happy settling in life for mediocre levels of intelligence. Or if you have a 'blog' and consider yourself a 'critic.'

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 st... Read more Read less

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...
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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 change...
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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 ap...
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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 se...
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