A violent, graphic sex tape pops up in an affluent Catholic prep school and its administrators attempt to identify the participants. Ivy League-bound Brandon (Eric Casady ) is a possible suspect but denies involvement to his white-collar mom (Suzanne Nyhan ) and his best friend (Curtis Jackson).
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s script doesn’t dumb down the narrative; it explores all the gray areas of sexism, classicism and homophobia the tale incorporates. The younger cast displays sharp insight; Casady has the right demi-god swagger and Jackson‘s creamy moral center is spiked with painful sexual attraction. Madison McLean as the tape’s exploited woman is a different kind of victim; she consents to the initial act and understands its sexual and economic ramifications. However, directors Scot Kokandy and Jeff Casey’s staging lacks oomph; the video presentation and audio design could be more compelling. It’s a smart story that needs better visuals to bring it across. (Lisa Buscani)
Towle Theater and Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 West Belmont, (773)975-8150. Through July 9.