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TO JUNE 27
There was a time when everybody was really afraid of hacking. Remember WarGames? The widespread fear of socially inadequate pimply-faced teens cracking codes, breaking into huge mainframes, and stealing government secrets followed quickly on the heels of rapidly improving home computer technology. Now that such technology has faded into everyday life and interaction with computers is almost unconscious, fears of high-tech piracy have subsided. Ironically, with so many transactions completed online and so many records stored only on computers now, there’s probably a lot more at stake for the individual today than there was in the ’80s. The good news is that hacking is still a crime. The bad news is that as such, hacking is open to becoming the subject of all sorts of awful crime dramas. Christine Axsmith’s play Felony is the story of socially inadequate adults cracking codes, breaking into huge banking mainframes, and stealing other people’s money. The play’s main character, Harmony, is a longtime computer criminal pulling a major bank job. But her partner and apprentice, Jamal, falls for an employee at the bank and starts having second thoughts. Harmony’s mother, also a longtime criminal, somehow finds her and interferes, as well. Unbelievable, pseudo-noir plot developments and unnecessary monologues ensue until somebody dies. Unfortunately, Felony suffers from a melodramatic script that buries an initially intriguing question: What happens when good hackers grow up bad? At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20, and Sunday, June 27, to Sunday, June 27, at Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $19.99-$40 (proceeds benefit Race for the Cure). (703) 218-6500. (Neil Drumming)