Onstage: Boom

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 inc

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.

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Rick Pender

RICK PENDER has written about theater for CityBeat since its first issues in 1994. Before that he wrote for EveryBody’s News. From 1998 to 2006 he was CityBeat’s arts & entertainment editor. Retired from a long career in public relations, he’s still a local arts fan, providing readers (and public radio listeners)...
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