Troll | Trap Door Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Nemanja Zdravkovic

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 13 2016
Price: $10
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Where would Dante, writing today, have put the online troll in his vision of Hell? I think it would have been the seventh circle, with those violent against others, where centaurs keep watch over captive souls as they boil eternally for their sins in a river of blood. The centaur, beast to the chest and down, was the ancient symbol for that bestiality that overcomes the heart in moments of intense hatred—and the animal rage in Troll provokes such vicious, inhuman outbursts as would only be possible for the cowards who commit them with the help of some mask or other. That mask—an actual one made of rubber in Melanie Keller’s exquisite staging for Fraud & Phony Theatricals—is the Internet. Two entire families are destroyed by so many words on a screen in Elizabeth Archer’s astonishing play, which meditates on the anonymous violence of virtual harassment with absolute sophistication and craft. —Max Maller

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