Already closed | 1h 55m | Midtown W

The Reckless Season

From 50 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant

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)

Member Reviews (50)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

65
Disappointing

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

60
Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious, Indulgent, 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

58
Ambitious

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.

55
Disappointing, Cliched, Excruciating, 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

67
Ambitious

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.

65
Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Intense, Ambitious

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...

64
Confusing, Intense

See it if Imperfect things with potential are helpful for you to see. You like intimate theater. You like fixing directing problems in your head.

Don't see it if PTSD, addiction, and death being handled without a super-fine touch bothers you. You tire easily of monologues.

Also There are really promising characters here, some good moments, and som... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy intense pieces.

Don't see it if You don't like small casts.

Also The neighborhood isn't that great, and I wish I'd have known that befo... Read more Read less


April 24th, 2017
"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...
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April 30th, 2017
"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 wond...
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May 5th, 2017
“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...
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