Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom
Teens and parents attempt to come together - with horrific results - in the Halloween-themed entertainment "Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom" presented by Happy Medium Theatre.
Virtual reality outpaces regular life in Jennifer Haley’s spooky "Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom." Appropriately structured like a video game with levels of play, the grim comedy is at once a parable on parents who have failed to develop nurturing relationships with their teenage offspring as well as a fun night at the theater at Halloween.
The zombie fraught show opens the 3rd season for Happy Medium Theater, which started out as a group of theater-minded students at Boston University and specializes in contemporary drama that speaks to their generation.
Insightfully directed by company co-artistic directors Mikey DiLoreto and Audrey Lynn Sylvia (who also take parts), "Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom" continues through Oct. 29 with Thursday through Saturday night performances at the Factory Theatre, at the back of 791 Tremont St., in Boston’s Lower Roxbury neighborhood near Northeastern University.
A suburban division of mirror-image houses is far from the safe haven from city ills the parents in "Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom" thought they were fleeing to; that is because they’ve brought their monsters with them.
These monsters include such fixations as alcoholism and materialism, which these narcissistic adults indulge at the expense of good parenting, resulting in faulty relations at best with their children, who look elsewhere for comfort and guidance.
As the play begins, the adults are only now catching on that the kids are wound up in an online horror video game. Baffled by the absorption the teens have to their computer play, some of the moms attempt interventions with horrific results.