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Boomerang Effect, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Boomerang Effect, The

Matthew Leavitt

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Full Length Play, Comedy

6m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573703737

Five bedrooms. Five couples. One chain of well-intentioned disasters in this new comedy that peeks under the covers...

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play -

A bedroom. 


No intermission

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


Stage Scene LA Awards

The Boomerang Effect is a comedy consisting of five interrelated short plays that peeks into the sex lives of five different couples in various bedroom scenarios. It explores the many universals that occur in every relationship, while examining the trickier issues that can test a couple’s durability such as secrecy, infidelity, power struggles, miscommunication, and sexual incompatibility. While wrestling with their individual predicaments, each couple also unknowingly ends up exacerbating the tensions of the other relationships, until their seemingly innocuous interferences come back to smack them in the face. As one of our characters puts it, "Every decision we make becomes just another link in this endless chain of well-intentioned disasters we call life."

"Not unlike Neil Simon with his zippy one-liners coming at you fast and furious, Matthew Leavitt has fashioned a very uptempo ultra-modern comedy about relationships in The Boomerang Effect that manages to slip in a substantial message or two whilst tickling the funny bone." - Broadway World, Read More 

“Leavitt has a sharply incisive sense of humor.  It’s as though Neil Simon rediscovered his early knack for skewering contemporary affairs of the heart while being inspired to pay homage to Schnitzler’s “La Ronde.” – Backstage, Read More

“Leavitt's sex comedy is undeniably well-written, entertaining and amusing with lots of honest insight into the disillusionment that comes with being young, educated, and underemployed. “ – Laist.com, Read More

"Playwright Matthew Leavittʼs The Boomerang Effect is...a triumph. Hilarious, intelligent, and bordering on realism, the play follows five couples through the various loopholes and pitfalls of love." - The Examiner, Read More 

"Leavitt’s crisp dialogue boasts plenty of resonant zingers...[and grants] the simpler pleasure of watching engaging characters grapple with comedic contemporary dilemmas." - Frontiers LA, Read More

"A sort of 'La Ronde' for millennials, the play is a somewhat retro sex comedy about the romantic travails of five couples...[The Boomerang Effect] delivers plenty of uncomplicated fun." - LA Times, Read More

“The writing is quite good…engaging, and the twist in the order keeps us involved. Genuinely funny jokes here.” – Talkin’ Broadway, Read More

The Boomerang Effect premiered at The Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, in 2012, under the direction of Dámaso Rodriguez. 



6m, 4f


Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting

PAUL - mid 20s. A bag-boy at Trader Joe’s, he’s a lazy, emotionally stunted, underachieving slacker.  Fortunately, he has a playful, ingratiating charm that has allowed him to float through life unscathed thus far.  He is the boyfriend of Stephanie.

STEPHANIE – mid 20s. Slightly uptight and easily annoyed, she possesses a pragmatic intelligence that enables her to readily find fault with everyone she meets, making her, at times, unpopular. Her good intentions are often obscured by her blunt and candid nature.  She is Paul’s girlfriend and a close friend of Renee’s.

RENEE – mid 20s. A graduate student. Although she is not naturally bright or talented, she compensates with a strong desire to better herself. Her lack of self-awareness is actually part of her charm, along with her youthful innocence and generally optimistic outlook.  She is dating and living with Andrew, and is old friends with David. 

ANDREW – mid 20s. A bit high-strung and neurotic, often irritated with the various inconveniences of modern life, he works to support himself and Renee while she finishes graduate school.  He can be whiny and argumentative, and once a particularly aggravating topic piques him up, rarely will he ever let it go.

NICK – early 30s.  Reasonable, reserved and even-keeled by nature, he has a difficult time initiating uncomfortable conversations, and instead, tends to internalize everything.  He is rarely in touch with his real feelings, which often times prevents him from understanding the motivations behind his behavior.  He is married to David.

DAVID – early 30s. Recently unemployed, he’s since fallen into a lazy, sedentary lifestyle. He is witty, playful, and constantly dreams up fantastical and unrealistic solutions to his problems. He is married to Nick and is the son of Alexander. 

ALEXANDER – late 50s.  A finance executive at the end of a long career, he’s knowledgeable, worldly and clever.  A true salesman at heart, he can also be remarkably calculating and manipulative.  He is the father of David.

JULIE – mid 20s. A new assistant at the company Alexander works for, she’s a youthful, lascivious party girl whose lack of classic intelligence is compensated by her fiery ambition.  For better or worse, she lives by instinct and is entirely driven by her emotions.  She is the younger sister of Janetta. 

JANETTA – early 30s. A single woman who invests all her time into her work and has no personal life to speak of. She lives alone and leads a very ordinary but honorable life, partly due to her strong moral fiber and partly out of a great fear of rejection.  She has always played it safe, yet is secretly envious of people like her sister Julie who are able to throw caution to the wind and live a wild, carefree existence.

MARCUS – mid 30s. A co-worker of Janetta’s, he’s a selfish egomaniac whose deep unhappiness often leads to self-destructive errors in judgment.  He has enough intelligence to get what he wants out of life, but lacks any self-restraint or general empathy.


Matthew Leavitt

Matthew Leavitt, a life-long Los Angeles native, is an award-winning playwright, director and librettist. After a summer of studying playwriting at Harvard University, he was a semifinalist in the Young Playwrights National Playwriting Competition founded by Stephen Sondheim, for his play Losers and Fools. Leavitt later graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Creative Writing. His play The ... view full profile

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Del Shores 9/26/2016 7:18 PM
I love this play!  Superb writing, amazing characters.  Perfect for professional productions as well as college and community theaters.  The young cast is fun, funny flawed -- and sometimes even touching.  A perfect evening of theatre!
michael OHara 4/15/2015 8:12 PM
Saw it performed in LA and enjoyed it immensely. A very funny, witty play.
samantha goldstein 4/13/2015 7:11 PM
Absolutely hilarious. The funniest play I've read in a long time

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