By Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Directed by Kari Goetz

Mar. 11 – 28, 2010

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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What It's About

It’s the end of the world as they know it

Jobsite Theater is delighted to present the hit comedy boom! by award-winning playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. boom! received its world premiere at Ars Nova in New York in 2008, and has been produced at Woolly Mammoth, Seattle Rep, and Cleveland Public Theatre to critical acclaim. According to a recent study by Theater Communications Group, boom! is one of the most-produced plays of the 2009-10 season, with productions at 12 other theater companies around the U.S.

In this explosive comedy about the end of the world, Jo answers a casual encounters Craigslist ad for “sex to change the course of the world.” She has no idea that grad student Jules actually fears the apocalypse is at hand and is looking for a partner to repopulate the species. That he’s gay and she hates babies is the least of their problems. Will their “intensely significant coupling” lead to another big bang, or is mankind’s fate in the hands of someone watching from outside the fishbowl?

“We are very excited to continue this season with another comedy,” says Jobsite Theater Producing Artistic Director David M. Jenkins. “Tampa Bay has been turning out in record numbers this season for fun shows like Night of the Living Dead and What the Butler Saw, and we are certain that boom! will continue that trend. The apocalypse has never been funnier.”

SEX! PLANET-RUINING CATACLYSMS LOADS OF BOOZE! boom! has all of these things. – Variety

UPROARIOUSLY FUNNY. 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. – City Paper

(L-R) Geneva Rae and Summer Bohnenkamp in Jobsite's Boom. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

Critic Reviews

boom! is surely not to be missed. I can say without reservation that I have never laughed harder in the theatre. – OnstageTampa

If you like quirky comedies, boom! may be just the thing for you. – Tampa Bay Arts Net

It's like 'The Twilight Zone,' 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents,' 'Lost in Space' and Cormac McCarthy's brain rolled into one. – Tampa Tribune

Deft and constant little plot twists and revelations, along with clever lines and well-written dialogue, have made Nachtreib's play popular with theater companies. Engaging characterizations in the Jobsite production will go a long way toward making it popular with audiences. – St. Petersburg Times


Cast & Crew

  • Kari Goetz – Director
  • Jaime Giangrande-Holcom – Stage Manager


  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Barbara
  • Chris Holcom – Jules
  • Geneva Rae – Jo


  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Greg Newcomb – Graphic Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic and Lighting Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costumer Designer
  • Krystalle Voecks – Asst. Stage Manager

Patron Reviews

boom! is very, very good. – Ward Smith

boom! Was awesome lmao! I encourage my amigos to see it. There are other things to do in Tampa’s nightlife besides clubbing people! – Jessy Julianna Quinones

Boom! Mother Fucker! Boom! Excellent show. – jmasc6

boom! was excellent. – mmobrien

boom! Ftw! Come one, come all. Hilarity will ensue! Seriously… Never disappointed with a @jobsitetheater production. Thank you all, again! – faedkisses

Just got home from boom! My abs hurt from laughing!! I blame you, @jobsitetheater!!! – ChristenP

Congrats to Kari Goetz and @jobsitetheater for their wonderfully presented production of boom! last night. Review to follow soon. – onstageTampa

boom! was even better the second time around. – mmobrien

Best use of kettle drum, Carmina Burana and Lakme ever. – David Hood

Went to see boom! at the Jobsite Theater tonite. One word: f-ing hysterical!!! oops, that’s 1/2 words. GO SEE IT! – Mayra Calo

I seriously think @jobsitetheater is one of the most consistently good theatre companies I’ve seen. boom! was great as usual. – Aaron_Horne

Do you want to laugh? Do you like “edgy” humor? What would you do if the end of the world was imminent? Go see boom! @jobsitetheater. – networkmaster

Ok, boom! was fantastic. Great job, @jobsitetheater! – Songofthebeast

Funny, uplifting, touching and with one of the best wigs in the business! @jobsitetheater does it again with boom! – daidaloslost

boom! @jobsitetheater was a lot of laughs. Great cast. Loved Summer Jenkins! Check it out @strazcenter Tampa! – lillyonthewater

boom! @jobsitetheater is hilarious! Great plot twist at end and love that our tank has such a prominent role! – susanoliver

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