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In the Boom Boom Room - Full Length Play, Drama

In the Boom Boom Room

David Rabe

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Full Length Play, Drama

6m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573606472

"Compassion for anguished people leavened by a black wit and a powerful sense of the surreal nature of modern life." - Newsweek

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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - Philadelphia. The go-go bars, streets, apartments, and neighborhood's of Chrissy's life.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Drugs, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

A revised version from the author of Sticks and Bones and Hurlyburly turns his attention to the seedy underbelly of American life. Chrissy is a go-go dancer in the squalid "Boom Boom Room". Resigned to a life populated by denizens offering little more than drugs, sex and violence, she searches for love and beauty against this backdrop of nihilistic hedonism. Her desperate need to survive at any cost offers a glimmer of hope amid the glare of broken neon.

REVIEWS

"Compassion for anguished people leavened by a black wit and a powerful sense of the surreal nature of modern life." - Newsweek

"A superior play, perhaps a masterpiece." - WINS


In the Boom Boom Room was originally produced at New York's Lincoln Center in November 1973 under the direction of Joseph Papp.

Characters

CASTING

6m, 6f

CHRISSY
HAROLD
SUSAN
VIKKI
MELISSA
SALLY
ERIC
AL
RALPHY
GUY
HELEN
MAN
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Reviews
Elizabeth Myers 8/6/2013 4:31 PM
“In the Boom Boom Room” is a fast-paced drama about a naïve, Philadelphia-raised woman, Chrissy, who dreams of making it big as a dancer in New York City.  Having landed a go-go dancer job in Philly, bright-eyed Chrissy moves into her own apartment in the expectation that the next stop will be the “Big City.”  However, stalked by her customers, abused by her father, and maltreated by her husband, Chrissy struggles to rise above her lower-class circumstances.

On the surface, this play tells the classic story of a small-town girl dreaming of the spotlight.  In reality, this play is far from the fluffy, idealistic musical that usually tells that tale.  David Rabe captures the whirlwind demise of a young woman through a montage of scenes that demonstrate the humanity, the good and the bad, of each character, even Chrissy’s racist husband and diseased father.  In performance, the complicated, frequent changes of setting would surely require quick set changes and a very imaginative audience.

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