grey ensemble theatre · Ages 17+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by ADAM DICK

June 08, 2016 certified reviewer

What I liked

The play was concerned with story, character, and message over gimmicks or sensationalism. Most important was the time and effort taken to forge relationships both between the characters (particularly the lead) and the audience, and how that created a sense of intimacy perfectly fitting for a black box theater, and for the content of the play, which interrogates how the Internet has skewed not only our relationships and how we interact with the larger world, but what comprises our inner sense of morality and character. The play also sets a dynamic sense of pace and tone by oscillating between break-neck linguistic flurries and quiet moments of epiphany, one-on-one asides to the audience and immersive scenes, and comedic slapstick and satire with wrenching moments of drama and betrayal.

What I didn't like

The play was at times a little too reliant on expositional asides to move the story forward, when some of those beats might have been better served in fully immersive scenes.

My overall impression

A real piece of theater created by talented, hard working artists that effectively and emotively dissects the way technology and humanity (or lack thereof) are increasingly interwoven.

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