Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Really Really has been called the Lord of the Flies for the millennial generation. The comparison might not be strong enough. Really Really seems a much more blistering indictment of society, perhaps because the circumstances are so familiar. Set at an ivy league college, the drama centers on a group of students as they try to piece together what happened the night before at a wild keg party. It’s clear that two of the friends had sex — Davis and Leigh (she’s Jimmy’s girlfriend). But was it an ill-advised hookup or rape? No one is sure, not even, it seems, Davis and Leigh.
The students, overachievers on track to early and brilliant success, each respond differently. From outrage to doubt, sympathy to indifference, the responses reflect not so much compassion or concern as self-centered conceit. (“How will this affect me?” each student seems to be asking.) Director Jordan Jaffe says the play examines the “gray area between ambition and selfishness.” Jaffe, founder of Black Lab Theatre, which is mounting this production, tells us, “I don’t know many people in my generation who have not had to navigate some horror story related to party/hookup culture.”
Jaffe says he expects the play to be especially meaningful to young adult audiences. “My aim is to bring younger people into theater in Houston,” he says. “Really Really is one of the most important, provocative dramas that has been written about millennials by a millennial. To get millennials to put down their phones and come to the theater, the play has to be relevant to their experiences.”
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8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and April 21. Through May 4. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 713-515-4028 or visit blacklabtheatre.com. $25.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Mon., April 21, 8 p.m. Starts: April 17. Continues through May 4, 2014