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David Rabe Attends Rehearsals of Rare Revival of In the Boom Boom Room

David Rabe Attends Rehearsals of Rare Revival of In the Boom Boom Room
Nina Kassa, David Rabe

Nina Kassa, David Rabe Photo: Victor Andrew Heras

Playwright David Rabe has been attending rehearsals for the first major NYC revival of his In the Boom Boom Room, beginning performances April 21st at American Theatre of Actors, 314 West 54 Street (between Eighth & Ninth Ave.) Rabe is currently observing and advising the company on the upcoming production. The play was originally performed at Villanova University featuring Pete Mattaliano, who has joined the cast for this 2017 incarnation of the rarely produced play. Joseph Papp produced In the Boom Boom Room on Broadway in 1973 starring Robert Loggia, Charles Durning and Madeline Kahn, and the following year at the Public Theater with Christopher Lloyd and Ellen Greene.

Kirk Gostkowski, David Rabe

David Rabe, Kirk Gostkowski Photo: Victor Andrew Heras

Chrissy, a bright young woman with a background of harshness that has robbed her of her innocence long ago, has visions of a career as a dancer. She finds herself in The Boom Boom Room, a Philadelphia disco/bar meant to be her first step on the road to a better life. Instead, she must fight to defend her dream and keep her anger in check amid the sex and stimulation that surround her, the psychological residue of her parents’ betrayals and the bizarre pack of suitors who follow her. In a desperate search, Chrissy careens from the seductive mistress of ceremonies at The Boom Boom Room to the earnestly friendly gay man next door to a brutally passionate lover. In its compassionate look at Chrissy’s living nightmare, In the Boom Boom Room is a piercing look at a society dangerously close to our own lives.

David Rabe, Greg Cicchino, Kirk Gostkowski

David Rabe, Greg Cicchino, Kirk Gostkowski Photo: Victor Andrew Heras

Under the direction of Greg Cicchino for the Chain Theatre, the cast of In the Boom Boom Room features Deven Anderson, Kirk Gostkowski, Nina Kassa, Kyle Kirkpatrick, Malikha Mallette, Pete Mattaliano, Christina Elise Perry, Tyler Reed, Cori Stolbun, Alexandra Tabas, Tina Marie Tanzer, and Paul Terkel.

Kirk Gostkowski, Paul Terkel, David Rabe

Kirk Gostkowski, Paul Terkel, David Rabe Photo: Victor Andrew Heras

David Rabe’s other plays include Streamers, Hurlyburly, Sticks and Bones (tony award, best play), and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. Rabe penned the screenplays for The Firm, Casualties of War, Streamers, and I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can.

David Rabe

David Rabe and Company Photo: Victor Andrew Heras

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Performances of In the Boom Boom Room will be Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, with matinees Saturday & Sunday at 2 PM through May 6th. Tickets are available through www.chaintheatre.org or by calling 866-811-4111.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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