Chatroomchatroom play by Tracy Holsinger and produced by Mind Adventures Theatre Company, was a refreshing departure from banal productions that usually feature in Colombo. Dealing with suicide and online communication, the script by Enda Walsh, an Irish playwright, explores the understanding of and responses to depression, suicide and ultimately, human relationships of six teenagers brought together in Internet chat rooms.
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|Where am I from: ||Greek|
|Color of my iris: ||Enormous gray-green|
|Body type: ||My body features is thin|
|What I prefer to drink: ||I like gin|
|My favourite music: ||Rap|
|I like: ||In my spare time I love doing puzzles|
Last week I wrote a review about a play from the nineties that was topical at the time, and has since had its subject matter date slightly.
An element of deja vu seems to have come in to play. Again, the subject matter of the play has dated somewhat.
In the original script of the play it is a British town, in this production the references have been changed to set it in the United States. On these chatrooms chatroom play boy called Jim talks to strangers his own age, trying to reconcile his feelings of emotional abandonment for his mother, and his actual abandonment by his dad.
He tries talking to sympathetic ears in suicide chatrooms, but eventually finds himself in a room with a cynical trouble-maker called William, the equally cynical Eva, the shy Emily, and the uncertain Jack.
William and Eva alienate the other members of the chat by making Jim tell them about his problems, and then start to push him to commit suicide. The creative team of Joseph Hayward and Jessica Kazamel put together a dark vision chatroom play cyberspace that sparks of minds with a good feel for stagecraft.
The play is entirely lit by flashlights held by the actors, creating the idea of apparitions in the void. The idea has probably been done before, but it feels fresh here.
The cast is very good. The casting and aesthetic stars are all in alignment in this production. The speech patterns of the characters are those of how people talk in day to day life, not the awkward back and forth of communication online.
The way the characters behave is sinister, but they have none of the powerful anonymity that real cyber-bullies have. At least not as he tells it. Well, hire Dalliant Productions, apparently.
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An impressive feat, and they should rightly take their kudos for it. Dalliant are a good company, still under a year old and chatroom play their worth quickly. They know how to get good actors, and put a good show together on a shoe-string budget. All the pieces are there for great things that are going to come, but the execution is still being refined.
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