Do people really see us? That and the over domination of social media are at the crux of Guillaume Corbeil’s, new play at the New Ohio Theater.
We follow 5, 20-something influencers, who are addicted to twitter and instagram. In rapid fire succession they tell us how many followers, what they like to eat, drink, listen to, pose next to, it is all about them. In a sense it becomes a series of lists. As they create and sustain their digital presence, they lose their individuality. They are self-absorbed, self-obsessed, catty friends, who fight, and carry some weighty secrets.
It becomes almost like a game of clue with Crawford M. Collins getting physical, Charlie Reid becoming a drug addict and Hamish Allan-Headley ends up in prison. As their lives evaporate their tweets divulge their darker sides. “Me buying MDMA off the doorman.” “Me stealing the wallets from my friends, while we are all drinking together.”
Adriane Moreno’s character despite her bravado and followers is a depressed suicidal person, who ends up in a mental ward and then vanishes.
Her bestie Christina Toth, ends up selling her body and her soul.
Directed with a fast quip by Max Hunter, and translated from French by Steven McCarthy this show doesn’t show off this generation in a good light. The lighting and projection design by Cheyenne Sykes is crucial and the set is reminiscent of their own personal jail cell. Nicolle Allen’s costumes tell us who these characters are, but who are they really?
Is this generation so lost and so possessed? You will be asking yourself, whatever happened to humanity, after sitting through a session of See You.
See You: The Bridge Production Group at New Ohio Theater, 154 Christopher St. through September 21st.