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.
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." ... Full Review
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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