A marine biology graduate student lures a mysterious coed down into his subterranean research lab with a Craiglist personal ad promising "Sex to Change the Course of the World." However, his intentions turn out to be far more serious and literal because, according his calculations, the world is going to end within the evening. Is he right? What's up with the fish? And who is that woman pulling levers and playing the timpani? An epic and intimate black comedy about a proposed hook up turned evolutionary, Boom explores the influences of fate versus randomness and the meaning of life as we know it on the planet.
"Mr. Nachtrieb has a gift for darkly funny dialogue and an appealing way of approaching big themes sideways. [boom] winds up speaking, quietly and piquantly, to our enduring fascination with and need for myths about the beginning of life as well as its end."
- NY Times.
"From pants-around-the-ankles comedy to hipster Twilight Zone takeoff ... boom is imaginative and easy to like."
- The New Yorker.
"Sex! Planet-ruining cataclysms! Loads of booze! We're ready for whatever strange places boom wants to take us."
"A dark-themed, light-toned toned allegory of survival and change: a piquant theatrical effort to give evolution a taste of creationism's narrative magic."
- Time Out NY.
"A grandly whacked-out apocalypse fantasy ... one of those charmed evenings."
- Washington Post.
"It's literate, coarse, thoughtful, sweet, scabrously inappropriate, wracked by existential anxiety, and wonderfully humane ... this is one end-of-the-world story that's likely to leave you grinning from ear to ear."
- Washington City Paper.
"Both the funniest play seen hereabouts this season and one of the most thoughtful."
- Cleveland Plain Dealer.