A reprise of a 2012 production at the Odyssey, Matthew Leavitt’s “The Boomerang Effect,” now at the Zephyr, is a comic romp produced by Del Shores and featuring many of the original cast. Veteran director Dámaso Rodriguez once again helms the proceedings, which are engaging but indubitably “lite” – no misspelling intended.
A sort of “La Ronde” for millennials, the play is a somewhat retro sex comedy about the romantic travails of five couples, from a slacker bag boy who has just learned that his girlfriend is pregnant to an older executive who cunningly beds his younger female associate with promises of promotion. The scenes, five in number, are then reversed and repeated, culminating in various denouements ranging from the humorous to the bittersweet.
These “episodes” -- really a series of disparate playlets -- are linked in a cursory fashion. Characters in one scene will mention a character that will be introduced in the next -- a rickety framework that nonetheless supports a surprising load of fun.
As the crises and contretemps are all sexual in nature, the action is appropriately centered in John Iacovelli’s amusingly generic bedroom set – the hub for plenty of kvetching and canoodling. Brian Gale’s lighting design and Doug Newell’s sound design are also first-rate.