Definitely not a play you take a girl/guy to on the first date. The play had a depressing undertone and a few uncomfortable taboo ideas to swallow. The plot and idea of the play was twisted, dark, different and gave you a scary look inside what technology could bring. The writer, Jennifer Haley, has a serious imagination that could of let this play take too many disturbing turns but she kept balance and let the end unfold into a beautiful tragedy. The actors embraced the uncomfort of the scenes and did a phenomenal job. Although, it was an acting battle between the youngest actress, Brighid Fleming, and the oldest actor, Dakin Matthews. Both were equally as seasoned and stole the show. There is irony in this but you have to wait and watch the play to realize why.
Every piece of information you get leads you to believe you know exactly what’s going on but the next piece of information you get leads you right back to square one of the mystery. Every character has the depth of an onion and every outer layer is hiding something underneath that you don’t see until the very end. And like an onion, every layer you peel back of the character leaves your eyes stinging with the urge to slip out a tear or two. Are the characters confused souls, crazy and twisted, or completely normal? You decide. Aside from the story line and actors, the set design by Adrian W. Jones was beautiful and led you to believe you really were in their world.
The Nether will be performed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in downtown Culver City. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. Directed by CTG Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller, the play stars Brighid Fleming, Adam Haas Hunter, Robert Joy, Dakin Matthews and Jeanne Syquia. The set design is by Adrian W. Jones, costume design by Alex Jaeger, lighting design by Christopher Kuhl and sound design by John Zalewski. Casting is by Erika Sellin and the production stage manager is Kirsten Parker. Performances continue through April 14, 2013. Tickets for “The Nether” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at http://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/2013/The-Nether/, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office.