THE STORY: Divided into eight scenes, which span their years at Martin Van Buren High School, the play chronicles the coming of age of two teenaged couples during the turbulent sixties. The language is frank, but unfailingly funny, as the four struggle with impending adulthood and their awakening sexuality. The action ranges from summer camp, to dormitory bedrooms, to senior prom, with the popular music of the period—Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys—ever present as a telling counterpoint to, and emotional anchor for, the lives of its young foursome. As the years spin deftly by it is also apparent that maturity will bring differing perils and problems for each of them, although all will continue to recall the special excitement—and poignancy—of these last few carefree years together.
A major critical and popular success, and a long-running Off-Broadway hit. “…when Mr. Rimmer opens up his characters’ anxieties and dreams that ALBUM really soars; the play takes on the romanticism of a rougher-hewn, latter-day Ah, Wilderness'! —NY Times. “Rimmer has drawn his kids with fidelity and understanding humor.” —NY Post. “I must report that my juniors in the audience responded with joyous recognition to every flick of the action.” —The New Yorker.