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Little Brother The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 19 2009

The revolution may not be televised, but as recent events in Iran show, it sure as hell will be tweeted. Cory Doctorow's young-adult novel, adapted here by William Massolia, echoes the 1984 American-teens-vs.-invading-Soviet-army flick Red Dawn--only this time the enemy is the Department of Homeland Security and the weapon is digital technology. Wrongly imprisoned after a terrorist attack, San Francisco teen Marcus Yallow (an engaging Mike Harvey) starts an underground cyber-resistance movement when he's released. Dorothy Milne's staging for Griffin Theatre Company features white-knuckle moments, but the nuances of the debate between security and freedom get flattened by smug sloganeering. Still, the piece resonates as a pretty smart meditation on how technology can enslave or empower, depending on who controls it. --Kerry Reid

Price: $15-$25


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