The ability to predict the end of life on Earth is a mixed blessing for Jules (Joshua Murphy), a character in Boom, the new play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb opening Know Theatre of Cincinnati’s 2009-10 season. The awkward marine biologist believes he has incontrovertible evidence because the fish he studies seem to sense an impending disaster undetectable by humans. He plans to be prepared to repopulate the planet by placing an ad on Craigslist to find a suitable mate.
Unfortunately, Jo (Alison Vodnoy) and Jules are about as compatible as oil and water, and once the disaster actually happens they find themselves trapped in his underground lab with a weird collection of supplies: Cheerios, Maker’s Mark, Chef Boyardee, tampons and disposable diapers. It’s an intriguing premise, but Nachtrieb pushes it even farther.
At the Know Theatre through Nov. 7. $12.
Read Rick Pender's full review and get show details here.