Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

Boomerang Theatre Company presents the world premiere of this drama about four young people struggling with loss and uncertainty in their stifling hometown.

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It's 2008 in small town USA, and there is nothing Norman Rockwell about it. Simon's returned home after two tours in Iraq to find his alcoholic mother dead by suicide and his younger brother, Terry, strangely obsessed with an early-90s video game about ancient Sparta. Between Terry and his truck stop co-worker Lisa, and Flynn, their mother's co-dependent former drug dealer, Simon's dream of peace and quiet quickly evaporates.

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DC Metro Theater Arts

"The play strikes a fine balance between laugh-out-loud absurdity and gut-wrenching human drama...Under D’Andrea’s well-tempered direction, the excellent cast brings both humor and pathos to the characters, interweaving hilarious conversations with desperate behavior and introspective soliloquies...Entertaining and engaging new dramedy...Be sure to keep an eye out for future work by these impressive young talents." Full Review

Theater In The Now

"This play dares to show us flawed, articulate characters on the verge of destroying themselves and each other...The ensemble is strong and Dominic D’Andrea’s directing in this play is a thing of beauty. Lauren Ferebee’s writing is both kind to everyone and no one; quite a feat. It really is wonderful to see on stage people you may actually know." Full Review

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“This play stuck with me in a different way than other plays. It challenged me to avoid falling into a self-destructive cycle. It is worth seeing but I am a little skeptical of some of the writing. The characters have a nearly impossible time dealing with normal life. We see a loose social circle self-destruct right before our eyes. If you can get past the fact these people's mental fortitude sometimes feels like it has the viscosity of glass, then you'll easily be able to enjoy this play.” Full Review

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Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if If solid acting and depiction of three dysfunctional families holds your interest.

Don't see it if You need an explanation for the dysfunction and you don't think "new" life is a solution to problems.

Also The author seems to want to make a connection between military PTSD an... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in topics such as PTSD, drugs, suicide, dysfunctional families. You enjoy intense dramas with a few funny moments

Don't see it if you don't enjoy realistic intense drama with violence, screaming and cursing. You don't enjoy a close-up intimate setting in a small theater

Also It's definitely worth seeing. The acting is excellent. The small intim... Read more Read less


See it if You want to see a depressing dark drama in a great small space. The action is right in front of you.

Don't see it if You are looking for something light

Also This was the show I was most looking forward to seeing this week and I... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You're interested in how multiple mental health conditions can affect different types of people. You don't judge drug users.

Don't see it if You want a large scale production and tight script. You prefer lighter plays and don't like dark comedy.

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

See it if you are interested in issues faced by military veterans, drug users, fractured families; fine ensemble acting in an intimate space.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in the above; don't enjoy intimate productions with limited space and scenery,

Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if well written, conversational. relevant issues to today

Don't see it if you are sensitive to drug issues and ptsd

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like shows that deals with depression, drug use, and veterans. Can be hilarious and sad at the same time.

Don't see it if You want light entertainments. There are several depressing & scary moments during the show.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Decent acting, Mixed writing - needed editing and to drop melodramatic lines

See it if you want to sit through 2 hours of angst with some funny, sincere moments eclipsed by a lot of unnecessary panting and shouting

Don't see it if plays where nothing happens (neither plot-wise nor character-growth wise) don't appeal, nor do plays with potential that still need work.

Also I would have rated it a 70 after the first act but I disliked the seco... Read more Read less

Intense, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you need a reminder about what PTSD, drug use and suicide are about

Don't see it if you are looking for entertainment

Also I do not know of any people with issues as portrayed in this show but ... Read more Read less

Depressing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Like well acted ( very) intense dramas.

Don't see it if Looking for light night out.Warning: deals with difficult issues of drug addictions, post stress disorder and general inability to function

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want to see some important topics (PTSD, suicide, drugs) portrayed by a very good cast in a well staged production.

Don't see it if You want fluff or a plot without some improbable choices.

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to explore the psycho-social interface of PTSD, self-medication/drug addiction and surrender to loss of control over your life

Don't see it if you cannot tolerate emotional discomfort from violent language, actions and themes, and graphic display of drug abuse and low self esteem


See it if You like young, small ensemble shows focusing on what happens when things fall apart.

Don't see it if You can't stand weak writing.

Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you like family dramas that are realistic, but a little off-center.

Don't see it if you can't laugh in the face of dark topics (like suicide, drug abuse, death). You need everything to end happily, this is open-ended.

Also Kudos to playwright Lauren Ferebee for approaching topics we've seen o... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want a well-written show presenting difficulties with no easy answers.

Don't see it if You want something light

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You love to see a really great play. Perfectly written and acted. Smart directing.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

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

See it if you like plays that are intense but at the same time can make you laugh.

Don't see it if you are not comfortable letting your emotions take over


See it if You want to support well-meaning young theater artists.

Don't see it if The writing is a bit scattered, spread out over several subjects that it doesn't quite tie into the dramatic action.

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing

See it if Actors are so good! Story line is even better! One of the must see if you like intimate plays . Relevant story, funny and realistic.

Don't see it if you don't breathe

Ambitious, Intense, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Small theatre with big ideas, actors starting to make their mark, some good moments... Some large ideas are in there... but hard to find.

Don't see it if You like watching people scream to be intense — this show has a ton of it. And a lot of Fucks. A lot a lot. So many it's a crutch...

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You like edgy and engrossing plays that deal with family, and war vets.

Don't see it if You do not like dark plays.

Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if Nicely played story that we've seen before, perhaps. Sincere vigorous acting. Warm tense drama of people struggling. Creative touches.

Don't see it if Somewhat uncomfortable chairs would be hurting your back a bit.

Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Loud

See it if I don't think I could recommend this play to anyone in its current state.

Don't see it if The experience is like watching an acting class at the early stages of working on a play. Work that would be thrown out for better choices.

Also I guess I'd give the actors an A for effort because they don't phone i... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if If you want to see topics not openly talk about ... post partum depression, death and drug as a solution to all problems

Don't see it if You don't want to confront dealing with death, depression and drug addiction and strict drama

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if See this if you want to see intense, amazing acting. This show is very relevant. They talk about topics such as PTSD and DRUGS. This show

Don't see it if is a MUST SEE.

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