Here's a bit of film-nerd trivia knowledge: One of Richard Linklater's earlier films, subUrbia, was actually a play before it landed on video store clerks' "little-known favorites" shelves. Penned by Eric Bogosian, perhaps better known as Capt. Danny Ross on TV's Law and Order: Criminal Intent, subUrbia revolves around a group of aimless 20-somethings as they camp out in front of a gas station waiting for the return of an old friend who has become a minor rock sensation.
The play examines the idea of rootless youth, change and a fear of the future, all set to a '90s backdrop. Characters lash out with concerns of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll as they mock the suburban society that has confined them. David Richards of The New York Times wrote, "If Mr. Bogosian is following a Chekhovian blueprint, it is Chekhov high on speed and Twinkies."
On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Boise audiences will taste those Chekovian Twinkies. Boise State's Theater Majors Association premieres subUrbia, directed by Aaron Kiefer. Boise State's TMA was crowned Best Student Organization at this year's Boise State Campus Awards, which means this play is not to be missed.
Wednesday, Dec. 2-Saturday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7, The Danny Peterson Theater, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-3957, boisestate.edu.