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.