Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen: A Review

By Michelle Vaccaro,
Author Rating: 
4.0 Stars - Very Good

Now through March 17, Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen takes the stage at the Access Theater in NYC. It’s the latest from the Labrats Theater Company and playwright Lindsay Joy Murphy.

The play depicts a coming of age story with laughs, gasps and awkward moments. Set in the age of Facebook and YouTube, it shows the importance and influence of the internet among teens.

Striving to be one of the cool kids in school, Lyla turns to the web for acceptance, making videos and begging people to like them. The more followers she gets, the more confidence she gains. The play opens with her recording one of these videos.

From there, other stories unfold and come together. The audience is drawn in by the unexpected and what develops as the play continues. The dysfunction among the characters is taken to a new level with convincing performances that make you feel as though you are the one living through the awkward moments of growing up. The script itself sounds like it came straight out of a household with teenagers, exposing the relationship between parent and child with everyday banter.

Captivating and witty, Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen is not your run of the mill play. It’s edgy and real, maybe a little too real and uncomfortable for a cookie cutter audience, but nonetheless entertaining.

Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen is currently playing at The Access Theater, located on the 4th floor of 380 Broadway at White Street in New York City. For more information, check out TheLabratsNYC.com.



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