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Arts & Entertainment - February 5, 2020

Theater review: Dragon's 'The Nether' is a disturbing, smart drama

Sci-fi story ponders online ethics in the not-too-distant future

by Karla Kane

The year is 2025 (gosh, that's soon!) and apparently environmental conditions on Earth are rapidly deteriorating. Trees have mostly vanished and other plants don't seem to be doing too well either, with cotton clothing and wine "made from grapes" accessible only to the rich. Meanwhile, advances in "The Nether," as the internet has become known, have developed rapidly as well, with simulated worlds growing ever more realistic and people able to "cross over" into living online full time, their physical bodies merely "shades" on life support. And in one virtual enclave, known as "the Hideaway," visitors are guaranteed the privacy and freedom to act out some very dark impulses indeed. This is the disturbing world of Jennifer Haley's "The Nether," the latest brainy drama from Dragon Productions Theatre Company.

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