The scene is the newsroom of a small-city newspaper, the time late in the evening. The morning edition has just been "put to bed" and, ironically, so has the paper—as the editor has received word that this edition will be the last. The tired staffers—the editor; his long-time mistress (who edits the women's page); the aging copy boy (who used to be a promising reporter until drink and frustration took over); and the brashly self-confident cub reporter—are further jarred by a report that a bomb has been planted in the building and will explode within the hour. Dealing with this double-edged crisis leads to challenging and revealing confrontations, which reach a climax in two particularly vivid and dramatically gripping scenes—the unexpected appearance of the editor's neglected wife, and the exposure of the bomber. In the end the building is saved, but the paper must still die and, with it, the purpose and focus of the wise-cracking, cynical, fallible but essentially decent people for whom it has been a real home for so many years.
Produced by New York's renowned Public Theatre and also presented at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Filled with the theatrical brilliance and probing insights characteristic of its author, this absorbing study of a newspaper in its death throes draws parallels with the disturbed state of other institutions in our troubled times. "…please excuse me if my heart dances about a little while I give Thomas Babe a very good review for BURIED INSIDE EXTRA." —Village Voice. "…clever, funny…some of the best writing Babe has given us." —NY Post.