Boom: Quirky comedy, post-Apocalyptic romance

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October 11th, 2012

Omaha, NE – A comedic Apocalyptic-science fiction romance? It’s all at the Omaha Community Playhouse next week.

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“This is a quirky little post-Apocalyptic romance comedy,” 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. “I just loved it; I fell in love with it,” she said. “It’s funny, it’s different. It’s an odd little play with strange characters.”

Boom opens at the Omaha Community Playhouse Oct. 19. (Courtesy photo)

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 “intensely significant coupling” that would be designed to repopulate the Earth post-Apocalypse. “So this is what just takes place,” Lane laughed. “Like, after the world ends, you have a date.”

Lane said the idea of global destruction and ‘survivalism’ is one that’s become popular. It’s showing up on TV shows like Revolution and in movies that have played on the Mayan calendar’s 2012 doomsday theme. But Lane said Boom takes a different approach. “This take on it to make it a comedy was something that was very different,” she said. “Overall, what I loved about it was a story of hope, and it’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?”

Boom will be on stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse’s Howard Drew Theater. That’s the Playhouse’s alternative and mature audience stage. The play runs through November 18.

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