The West Side Show Room presents ‘boom’, opening June 13

Staff Report

The West Side Show Room, 410 Mulberry St., downtown Rockford, presents the comedy boom, written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by Mike Werckle. boom tells the story of two college students who meet on Craiglist for an evening of casual sex, but are thwarted by the apocalypse.

According to Nachtrieb’s website, the students “meet in a subterranean biology lab for an erotic ‘casual encounter.’ But there’s nothing casual whatsoever about this particular evening. Will meaningless sex have meaning? What’s going on in the fish tank? And who is that woman, Barbara, pulling levers in the corner? Something is about to explode.”

boom is like the Big Bang Theory meets Armageddon, with a bit of Twelve Monkeys,” says Werckle. “But in spite of the comedic premise, it has highly intelligent underpinnings. boom pits belief against science and ends up as a passion play for evolution.”

The New Yorker says, “From pants-around-the-ankles comedy to hipster Twilight Zone takeoff … boom is imaginative and easy to like.”

The cast includes Carolyn Cadigan as the mysterious museum docent “Barbara.” Carolyn is the former drama instructor at Keith Country Day School and a co-founder of Rockford’s celebrated Artists’ Ensemble Theater. Her most recent role was “Lady in a Leotard” in The West Side Show Room’s production of MilkMilkLemonade.

Playing science student Jules is another West Side Show Room veteran, Alex Ruano. Originally from Rockton, Alex was trained in theater at University of the Pacific. Recent roles include The Fiddlers Three at Rock Valley College’s Studio Theatre, and a show-stealing turn as Etienne the butler in The West Side Show Room’s production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

In her West Side Show Room acting debut, Rockford native Adriana Contreras plays journalism student Jo. Adriana is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in acting and directing from Rockford University, and recently appeared there as Lady Utterword in George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House.

Show times for the theater’s 11 productions of boom are as follow: 8 p.m., Thursdays, June 19 and 26; 9 p.m., Fridays, June 13, 20 and 27; 9 p.m., Saturdays, June 14, 21 and 28; and 7 p.m., Sunday, June 15, 22 and 29.

Tickets are a $5-$10 donation. Reserve seats are available at The West Side Show Room is online at

From the June 11-17, 2014, issue

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