Dark Play or Stories for Boys Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 11 2012

The last play I saw by Chicago-based Carlos Murillo, Mimesophobia, dealt with the distortions created when human feeling meets modern media. So does this one. But where Mimesophobia struck me as an "exercise in intellectual narcissism," Dark Play comes across as compelling. Which is a little strange because Dark Play, with its meta gestures, multiple realities, structural shifts, and theatrical in-jokes, clearly aspires to be a mindfuck like Mimesophobia. The difference is that, here, the flourishes are indispensible. Murillo's script introduces us to Nick, a college kid with a new girlfriend, some mysterious welts on his torso, and a propensity for lying. When the girlfriend asks about the welts, Nick agonizes over whether to tell her the truth while letting us in on a sordid tale of digital obsession. The play ends a little too coyly, but in Anthony Moseley's production getting there is a thrill. —Tony Adler

Price: $15-$25

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