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A few years ago, the writer Peter Dunne made quite an im­pact with a play that took a real-life, morally du­bi­ous, so­cial ex­per­i­ment as its in­spi­ra­tion for a story about what makes peo­ple do what they do. That play was The Broad­en­ing, staged by Glass Doll Pro­duc­tions, who fi­nally re­turn with Dunne’s fol­low-up. Again di­rected by Ro­nan Phe­lan, it seems to take real-life, morally du­bi­ous cir­cum­stances and ex­trap­o­lates them into a fas­ci­nat­ingly grim anal­y­sis of so­ci­ety. A girl has been long miss­ing, her mother has done ev­ery­thing to find her, but pub­lic ap­peals have dimmed and the case is all but for­got­ten. How can she get peo­ple to care again, and will mass en­ter­tain­ment be the an­swer? If the premise sounds like some­thing wor­thy of Black Mir­ror, the sci-fi satire of our near-present, that’s no bad thing. Mag­ni­fied hor­rors have al­ways been an ef­fec­tive way of tak­ing a hard look at our­selves.

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