A while back, Kari Goetz told a friend she was looking for a new play to direct for Jobsite Theater's 2009-10 season. The friend suggested a strange and unknown comedy called boom, by a relatively obscure playwright named Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.
Goetz read the script and decided it was perfect for her and for Jobsite.
"I said, 'Give me something no one has ever heard of,' " Goetz said. "He sent me boom. I read it, it was great, I talked to Peter, and then all of a sudden, well, boom!"
The odd comedy suddenly became all the rage, a popular and critical hit in theaters all over the country. The New Yorker called it "imaginative and easy to like." It has been one of the most frequently produced plays of the 2009-10 season.
The premise has a man and woman brought together through a Craigslist ad. They meet in a subterranean laboratory after he says he's seeking "intensely significant coupling." Turns out he believes the end of the world is at hand and he needs a partner to help him re-establish the human race.
"Right away you know something's not quite right," Goetz said. "The conceit that is really revealed pretty quickly is that you start to suspect that what you're looking at is really an exhibit."
The Jobsite production begins at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Contains adult language and subject matter. It runs through March 28 at the Shimberg Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $24.50. (813) 229-7827; jobsitetheater.org.
Marty Clear, Times correspondent