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Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Jasmin Cardenas, and Ariana Burks

Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Jasmin Cardenas, and Ariana Burks

MIchael Courier

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through March 12 2016
Price: $20
The audience is the jury in this interactive courtroom drama devised and directed by Michael Rohd for Steppenwolf for Young Adults. At issue is whether a teenager can be held responsible for calling in a bomb threat to her school when a powerful decision-making app on her phone told her to do it. As in a TV procedural, Rohd carefully parcels out information to keep us guessing, and as in a classroom exercise, the action often pauses so that facilitators can lead us in small-group discussions. The show certainly engages the audience, but the pressure to render a verdict stymies efforts to handle the issues with any nuance. Rohd criticizes technology for encouraging snap judgments, then encourages us to make a snap judgment. —Zac Thompson



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