This blog started out as Michael Doherty's Personal Library, containing reviews of books that normally don't get reviewed: basically porn and cult books. It was all just a bit of fun, you understand. But when I embarked on a three-year Shakespeare study, Shakespeare basically took over, which is a good thing.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Shakespeare References in In The Boom Boom Room
Shakespeare references continue to pop up in most of the
things I read. While Shakespeare and his works aren’t actually referred to in
David Rabe’s play In The Boom Boom Room,
Shakespeare is mentioned twice at the beginning of the book. The first
reference: “In The Boom Boom Room was first produced Off-Broadway by Joseph
Papp on December 4, 1974 at The New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater
under the direction of Robert Hedley” (p. 5). The second reference is in the
description of the set: “The set should be a space with areas and levels
similar to a Shakespearean stage, but all within a metaphor of bars and go-go
dancing” (p. 8).
The edition I read was the Samuel French publication, the
play revised to the original two acts, and includes a note by David Rabe at the