||The play revolves around Chrissy, a somewhat naive young woman who comes to Philadelphia with dreams of stardom as a dancer. Desperation leads her to take a job as a topless go-go dancer at a sleazy nightclub called Big Tom's Boom Boom Room. While working there, she explores love and sex with a variety of unsuitable men and women, forms a friendship with a gay neighbor, and tries to resolve troubling issues in her life. These issues include vague memories of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, and a difficult relationship with a cold-hearted mother who'd wanted to abort Chrissy. Rabe's play seemed shocking when it debuted because it dealt openly with a number of topics (homosexuality, abortion, incest) that had rarely been featured in mainstream theater.