The Theater: Shallow Soul in Depth

BOOM BOOM ROOM

by DAVID RABE

Boom Boom Room belongs to the modern mode of encounter drama. As a kind of existential soap opera it could be retitled "Chrissy Bumps into Life." Chrissy (Madeline Kahn) is a dumb, pitiable, wistful lump of humanity. She encounters people who, if they were objects, would be found rusting away in the town dump. It is the fashionable conviction of many young playwrights, including David Rabe, that the planet is currently populated by lesbians, homosexuals, sadistic drunks, incestuous fathers, maternal vultures and men with the ingrained instincts of rapists.

Chrissy meets them all. She, of course, is a...

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