Written by Carlos Murillo Dark Plays or Stories for Boys takes an intriguing look at lies and how they play a part on the internet. Main character Nick is fascinated with his high school theatrical teacher who states that “Dark Play is a kind of game where certain players know the rules and other players don’t.” Nick wants to be in the group that knows the game.
The story starts in Nick’s dorm when his new girlfriend asks about his body scars. His response takes the audience to a chat room where his teen self becomes allured with delusional possibilities.
Nick spots naïve teen Adam’s post and soon Nick becomes Rachel. Adam falls in love with the fictional Rachel as Nick goes to great lengths to keep Adam on the bait for a non-existent girl.
Daniel Christopher as Nick is near-perfect in the self-important and yet vulnerable character who also serves primarily as narrator. A versatile cast including Hannah Drake, Amelia Jane Murphy, Kevin Murphy, and Josh Saleh as Adam all easily slide into different roles or variations on their character.
Director Tommy Statler makes the most of the performers’ skills on a simple set for a piece that is dialog driven with little in props or staging yet featuring assured but simple blocking.
Dark Play or Stories for Boys is produced by the Young Actors Ensemble and is currently staging at the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre in North Hollywood located at 11006 Magnolia Blvd. through March 3 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Admission is $15, seniors/students $10, and Sunday is pay-what-you can.
For tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/316822 or call (205) 873-1103. For more information visit facebook.com/ YoungActorsEnsemble?ref=ts&fref=ts.