Judging from the likes of Terra Nova, The Crackwalker, and now David Rabe's In the Boom Boom Room, the emerging professionals of Project Y Theatre Company are happy to embrace remarkably challenging works that don't scream "audience-friendly." But happily, they are, considering that Project Y consistently corrals the talent needed to pull off such works with aplomb.
Rabe's early-'70s In the Boom Boom Room is a particular doozy, with its surreal take on the go-go club scene in 1969 Philadelphia. Director Michole Biancosino guides the tale of Chrissy (Sarah Anika Nelson), a blue collar gal hoping to break away from her dead-end life, with bracing lucidity. Nelson boldly embraces Chrissy's malleability, and she's well-complemented by supporting performers, especially Dianne Cooper-Gould as Susan, a brash go-go girl with strong Sapphic tendencies, and Kate Debelack as Helen, the cruel mother largely responsible for Chrissy's vulnerability. Fascinating stuff that's well worth a look.
Final performances nightly from Sun., June 30th through Wed., July 3rd at Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $15 to $20. Call 202-462-1073 ext. 12.