Boom: Quirky comedy, post-Apocalyptic romance
October 11th, 2012
Omaha, NE – A comedic Apocalyptic-science fiction romance? Itâ€™s all at the Omaha Community Playhouse next week.
â€œThis is a quirky little post-Apocalyptic romance comedy,â€ said Amy Lane, the director of Boom, a new play opening at the Playhouse that might just have something for everyone.
Lane said she first read Boom a couple years ago when it was, nationally, the most produced play of the 2009-10 season. â€œI just loved it; I fell in love with it,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s funny, itâ€™s different. Itâ€™s an odd little play with strange characters.â€
Set sometime in the future, Boom is the story of a young marine biologist who, faced with the imminent destruction of the Earth via catapulting comet, puts out a personal ad for â€œintensely significant couplingâ€ that would be designed to repopulate the Earth post-Apocalypse. â€œSo this is what just takes place,â€ Lane laughed. â€œLike, after the world ends, you have a date.â€
Lane said the idea of global destruction and â€˜survivalismâ€™ is one thatâ€™s become popular. Itâ€™s showing up on TV shows like Revolution and in movies that have played on the Mayan calendarâ€™s 2012 doomsday theme. But Lane said Boom takes a different approach. â€œThis take on it to make it a comedy was something that was very different,â€ she said. â€œOverall, what I loved about it was a story of hope, and itâ€™s a story about how even in the face of cataclysmic catastrophe, how do we survive, how does anything survive? And how can we maintain a hope for the future even in the face of tragedy?â€
Boom will be on stage at the Omaha Community Playhouseâ€™s Howard Drew Theater. Thatâ€™s the Playhouseâ€™s alternative and mature audience stage. The play runs through November 18.
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