Friday, May 28, 2010

boom Review Quotes

posted by Nick Cernoch at 1:07 PM

Back Stage by Les Spindle

"Critic's Pick!"

“…hilarious and thought-provoking…”

“…a quirky romcom that morphs into a tension-filled apocalyptic parable.”

“Brimming with originality and wit…”

“Nachtrieb's engrossing play is given an exemplary L.A.-premiere staging, thanks to the efforts of director Dámaso Rodriguez and a splendid three-member cast.”

“Cernoch achieves a richly varied performance, including superbly dexterous physical comedy.”

“Goodchild excels at revealing intricate layers of her troubled character while finding the zany humor in the dialogue.”

“Duffy is marvelous as the chatty hostess who initially comes across as businesslike but soon begins showing her own emotions, adding fun and insight to the unfolding drama.”


Pasadena Star News by Frances Nicholson

“deliciously wacky take on the end of the world”

“…delightfully silly look at a scientific Armageddon.”

“Cernoch and Goodchild make these characters sympathetic, silly and honest all at once: just enough humanity to connect with the audience, just enough silliness to keep the atmosphere light.”

“When she (Julia Duffy) leaves her established duties to connect with the audience, things become ever more wildly improbable, and delightfully funny.”

“Director Damaso Rodriguez has given the piece a fine intensity…”

“For a satisfying, unique chuckle, ‘boom’ makes for a charming, but still humorously thought-provoking evening.”


L.A. Times by David C. Nichols

“Director Damaso Rodriguez maintains a cracked balance between Jules and Jo’s ostensible reality and Barbara’s role in the proceedings.”

“Cernoch and Goodchild ride well-contrasted comic techniques to the same unsettling ends, while Duffy is priceless, every gesture and elliptical pause registering at least nice nuances.”

“…a valiant Los Angeles Premiere by Furious Theatre Company.”


Pasadena Weekly by Leigh Kennicott

“…the intrepid Furious Theatre Co. ensemble continues to churn out hit after hit…”

“…thought provoking, funny and clumsy in an engaging way.

“The ending will surprise some and provide food for thought to all…”

“Furious Theatre finds success in the tightness of its ensemble, and Dámaso Rodriguez knows how to pull the best from his actors.”

“…a heady cocktail of clever wordplay…”

“…should you want to laugh while contemplating society’s present and future, ‘boom’ is the play for you.”

___________________________________________________ by Sharon Perlmutter


“…the role of Barbara was written for exactly Duffy's style of comedy. Part self-important teacher, part ditz—Duffy's Barbara is easily flustered and adds just the right tone…”

“Nick Cernoch brings an earnestness to him, such that his singlemindedness of purpose seems almost noble.”

“Goodchild emphasizes Jo's selfishness throughout, making her stray moments of vulnerability surprising.”

“Dámaso Rodriguez's direction is solid, as usual…”


LA Weekly by Tom Provenzano

“…there is always a sense of sly comedy…”

“…the appeal and skills of the three actors under Damaso Rodriguez's airtight direction create such an enjoyable theatrical evening…”

Thursday, May 27, 2010

"boom" Music

posted by Doug Newell at 10:36 AM
L' Trimm inspired? No, but you may like the songs anyway.

Listen to music from the show HERE

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Are You Ready For The boom?

posted by Dan Steele at 10:44 AM

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Countdown To The boom

posted by Dan Steele at 10:47 AM

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

A Sense of Impending "boom"

posted by Dan Steele at 8:31 PM

That's "boom" with a small "b," as playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb is quick to point out. That small "b" is critical to understanding the feelings rooted in this amazing play, next up from the Furious Theatre Company. Smallness, insignificance, purposelessness and the rebellion against all three come into stark focus through as many characters in one of the most produced plays of the past theatre year.

Those feelings were exactly the focus of Damaso Rodriguez's first read-thru in the Library at the Pasadena Playhouse. He asked everyone to explain the first time they felt small, sharing his own experience of seeing the moon for the first time. Julia Duffy mentioned finally seeing the ocean at the age of 19, a far cry from the land of 10,000 lakes from which she hails. Our Sound Designer, Doug Newell, mentioned seeing a jumbo tron, once mammoth on TV, then dwarfed in person against the stadium of a Houston Astros baseball game. Ensemble members' memories varied, turning at times religious (St. Peter's Basilica at The Vatican), to scientific (how can airplanes actually barrel through the sky like that, anyway?), to existential (an only child learning that the cosmos actually DON'T revolve around her). I mentioned the fact that most of matter is just empty space, a mind-warping fact that to this day still makes me feel infinitesimal against the complexities of the universe.

This play and those sentiments remind me of a poem, "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Elliot which finishes,

"This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper"

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes blogs about our rehearsal process counting down to the impending "boom" opening May 22nd at the Carrie Hamilton Theater at the Pasadena Playhouse!