You’ll never think of crime the same way again once you see “Teh Internet Is Serious Business” at 12th Avenue Arts.
#1 Spoiler alert! This review contains offensive material. If you, or anyone you love, has never visited the internet or heard about how people talk there, please slam your laptop shut now or hurl your newspaper out of the window (or, hell, chuck your laptop out the window) and register your displeasure with The Seattle Times’ complaint team: firstname.lastname@example.org. (See what I did there? You can’t complain about the internet without being on the internet!) Regardless, God be with you. Because (expletive)’s about to get real.
#2 A history lesson that will change your life! Circa 2011, a pack of brilliant — and sometimes emotionally stunted — computer nerds met on the internet and forged soon-to-be-infamous hacking collectives LulzSec and Anonymous. Some were teenagers, some were soldiers, some are still unknown. At first, the merry pranksters were just hyper-intelligent, bored kids jerking around with code and casually cruel, adolescent humor. People who argued against Facebook-bombing the page of a recently dead woman were labeled with an anti-gay epithet and sneered at as finger-wagging, political-minded types who would sacrifice the lulz for a sense of justice and decency.
‘Teh Internet Is Serious Business
Through Oct. 2, Washington Enemble Theatre at 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Ave., Seattle; $15-$25 (washingtonensemble.org).
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#3You’ll never guess what this play is actually about! This season, Washington Ensemble Theatre chose the theme “toxic masculinity.” “Teh Internet” director Wayne Rawley said WET artistic director Samie Spring Detzer specifically wanted a white, cis-gendered, straight man to direct the play — about a pack of teenage cybercriminals tangled up in their own homophobic/misogynistic language but driven to a mission of social justice. When Rawley first read “Teh Internet,” he said, “I kept thinking ‘I know this voice, I know this voice.’ I realized it was the voice at the back of the school bus — when you’re that young and you don’t have any idea about your body or your sexuality so everything bad was ‘gay.’ ” Ultimately, he said, the play poses a philosophical question for everyone with an online life: “Is a troll good or bad, or are the trolls…