Through March 31, 2019
The prolonged, ear-splitting sound of cicadas during “Appropriate.” The spooky Civil War-era house with its creepy dead-eyed doll collection in “John.” The political and profane provocation that is “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” Dobama Theatre seems to be daring an audience to attend its productions. This is particularly so in its current staging of Jennifer Haley’s “The Nether.”
“The Nether” is a thought-provoking, disturbing script which gets a fine production. It is not for those who go to the theater to escape from the real world, but for those who wish to probe into ideas and are willing to look for the consequences of the decisions we make, whether they be in real life or a fantasy world.
This is a dark play that deals in subject matter of the most horrendous nature. For those who enjoy roller coasters and scary movies you will be intrigued, especially by the numerous plot twists at the conclusion. If you are overly sensitive to the depicted subject matter you will probably leave prior to the end of the intermission-less ninety minutes which would be a mistake. See this show if you dare!
“The Nether” is a showcase of terrific performances and ideas worth exploring: We destroy the home we have, in the hopes of a better life online -- or off-world, à la Elon Musk’s plans to move to Mars -- at our peril. But like the Web that inspired it, it’s missing the warmth of a human touch.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.