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The Reckless Season

From 3 critic and 51 member reviews
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. More…

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.

1h 55m | Already closed | Theaterlab (Midtown W)


85
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

85
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

70
Applause! Applause!

“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


100
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

100
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.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see real, flawed characters trying to take control of the dark comedy that is modern life.

Don't see it if You are not open to probing the pyche of soldiers and are inhibited when talking about death and funerals.

93
Absorbing, Intense, Riveting

See it if you have known addicts or veterans or loved ones of suicide victims, since this production can help you to see what they endure

Don't see it if you are triggered by memories of drug use or wartime or death

92
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

92
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.

90
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.

90
Great acting, Profound, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see a play where characters cope with PTSD and depression in a realistic and raw way.

Don't see it if you're not into stories about people returning from wars or fighting their own wars.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You're okay seeing a show that deals with characters dealing with war PTSD. You want to see excellent acting.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of deep shows about war PTSD.

Also I believe if you come away from a show having learned something, that ... Read more Read less

87
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

85
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

85
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.

85
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want intense drama

Don't see it if You like musical comedy... this is so not that!

85
Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if See flesh and blood characters portrayed with heart by talented cast; deep exploration of despair faced by drug seekers and their community

Don't see it if You want light entertainment; unfiltered realism or flawed characters (i.e., people with weaknesses) is not your thing; at times loud noises

83
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to support a small theater company with talented actors! I took a grumbling 16 year old and she changed her mind by the end. :)

Don't see it if off Broadway is not your thing. If you are expecting a glitzy theater experience.

82
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

81
Edgy, Great acting, Profound, Resonant

See it if Enjoy serious topics, human experience and hard knocks.

Don't see it if Change skin, don't like swearing, anti-military.

80
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you are riveted by other people's problems, like a train wreck you can't take your eyes off of.

Don't see it if you don't like drama. (It's NOT a comedy)

80
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

79
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.

79
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like shows with great acting and a thoughtful plot

Don't see it if You don't like realistic topics, edgy discussions

79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like to know what's is very relevant to some people in our lives

Don't see it if there is really no reason not to see this show.

77
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

75
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.

75
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


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