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Trolling for Fun

In cyberspace, no one can hear you scream

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On the Internet, everyone is who they say they are, and no one is who they say are. Nick, bored and lonely, like so many other fourteen-year olds, exorcizes his frustrations online. Inspired by his theater teacher's lesson on "dark play," a theatrical exercise where one player doesn't know a game is being played and one player makes all the rules, Nick trolls chat rooms anonymously. Confronted with Adam's plaintive message "I want to fall in love," Nick creates a fictional girl, Rachel, for Adam to woo. Ever escalating the stakes, Nick uses Rachel to lead Adam further into acts of debasement — you know, for his own amusement and Internet broadcast. Carlos Murillo's Dark Play or Stories for Boys, pushes into the uncomfortable world of anonymous cybersex and then rakes up the muck. The [insert name here] Theatre Company (yes, that's the whole name) presents Dark Play at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (January 14 through 17) at the Tower Grove Abbey (2336 Tennessee Avenue; 314-805-3813). Tickets are $10.
Jan. 14-17, 2009