The Web: A Theatrical Review
“What you don’t know can hurt you!” This is the front by-line of this new and powerful drama done in the motif of a modern day X-Files, Twilight Zone, or The Outer Limits. This ingenious dramatic work focuses on what can happen when you place your life, your interests, your personal information, and more on the internet. Regardless of any and all statements of total security or privacy, once you place information about yourself, of any kind, it is available to any and all who desire to view it, for the rest of eternity. Think about it, do you really want your life to be that open to everyone for that long? Challenging the idea that all this information can be utilized by terror organizations and governmental powers that be, via Homeland Security, the lives of all who utilize the internet for anything other than general information gathering is literally an open book.
Written by Michael Jon Garces, directed by Alyson Roux, and produced by Matt B. Wells, Iiona Piotrowska, and Rachel Stoll, ‘The Web’ is playing at a charming little black box theatre in the heart of Theatre Row on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood CA through October 17, 2010. A www.needtheater.org program, ‘The Web’ explores psychologically profound terror when the lead, Chris played by Ian Forester, is followed, kidnapped, and eventually replaced in life itself. A powerful twisting, turning, never quite sure what to expect next thriller, ‘The Web’ will keep you guessing from the first minute of the production until the last.
Proving his worthiness as an award winning actor and director, Ian Forester delivers a mesmerizing performance that drags the audience into his character kicking and screaming. The seemingly paranoid character Chris is literally being hunted, and why, for being alive and using the internet. Enter his only hopes of sanity, a friend named David played by Tony Sancho, and girlfriend Stephanie played by Betsy Reisz. Neither person fully believes him, worries for his sanity, and eventually seeks to abandon him to his apparent paranoia.
His hunters are from two apparently different and unconnected governmental agencies. Edgar Landa playing Kepesh and Justin Huen playing Warner portray the hooligan mob types who eventually are responsible for the abduction of the lead character Chris. However, there are many twists and turns about that other guy supposedly from another government agency, Arrowsmith, played by Stan Kelly, and we haven’t even begun to figure out the apparent second victim Lina, played by Amanda Zarr. Will Chris survive this mess? Is either of these government agencies actually real? Will his friends give up on him, or is it possible that one or both of them are somehow in on this mess? Questions abound as the audience is forced to live the nightmare that is the life of Chris in ‘The Web’.
‘The Web’ is playing at the Art Works Theatre which is located at 6569 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and the show doesn’t close until October 17, 2010. If you are ready for a thriller that will force you to think twice, or maybe three times, ‘The Web’ is a sure bet for you! Enjoy.
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