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  Right to Be Forgotten at Arena Stage

Right to Be Forgotten

Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington

The Internet never forgets. A young man's mistake at 17 haunts him online a decade later. Desperate for a normal life, he goes to extraordinary lengths to erase his indiscretion. But freedom of information is big business, and the tech companies aren't going down without a fight. Secrets, lies and political backstabbing abound in this riveting new drama about one man's fierce battle to reclaim his right to privacy. Playwright Sharyn Rothstein (By the Water, USA Network's "Suits"), winner of the prestigious 2015 Primus Prize and whose work has been called "touching & affecting" (New York Times), has written a striking allegory about privacy, social media and human forgiveness in the age of the internet.

Thru - Nov 10, 2019

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Box Office: 202-488-3300

  Right to Be Forgotten Reviews
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Washington Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...Sharyn Rothstein’s tepid ­comedy-drama, in a world premiere at Arena Stage, certainly unfolds with clarity under Seema Sueko’s direction. And, perhaps, the desire to illuminate a thorny legal and moral concern of the digital age, for an audience with disparate levels of technological knowledge, may have stymied the play’s more nuanced ambitions. In any event, “Right to Be Forgotten” comes across as a lackluster commentary on the tale of a victimizer whom the Web appears to have turned into a victim."
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Peter Marks

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...Rothstein's witty and insightful text is brought to life by a stellar cast, courtesy of Victor Vazquez. Austin's Derril is awkward and introverted, unsure of how to interact with people after years of social isolation, loss, and immersion in his studies. And yet, he lights up whenever he recites poetry, giving us a window into the man Derril could be under different circumstances. Austin shows us that Derril's insecurity shouldn't be mistaken for weakness; despite his meekness and his self-policing, Derril is adamant about his self-worth and right to his own narrative. Austin also brings subtle comedy to Derril's mostly straightforward and sincere delivery, ensuring he is endeared to the audience."
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Rachael Goldberg

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...Seema Sueko's direction not only maintains the pace of a complex ensemble piece but takes opportunities to feature the script's substantial humor in the midst of a presentation centered on a serious, "ripped from the headlines," topic. It is no easy job for the director and actors, in a play of ideas like Right to be Forgotten, to create characters who, in addition to standing in for various positions in an unresolved, ongoing debate, come across as credible individuals, whose changing relationships are clear to the audience. The team's success in doing so is a credit to the production. "
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Bob Ashby

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

"...The production is sleekly designed with tablet-style screens backing the stage, reams of code lighting up the walls, and projections that flash Tweets, news headlines, and search keywords supertitle-style. Together with the sound design from Andre Pluess, these flourishes immerse us in a world of omnipresent technology. Ivania Stack's smart costumes tell us something about each character before they open their mouths."
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Hannah Berk

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