Jeff Smith 12:18 p.m., May 20
Simon Stephens' drama doesn't probe its subject - bullying - very far, and his epilogue covers all the bases without touching any. The play and Ion Theatre's production work best on the surface, where emotions, reputations and trust are fickle, and where bullying infects like a virus, spreading poison with lasting and, in this case, lethal consequences. Ion's young cast got the British accents pretty much right, but tended to stress them over the words. Benjamin Cole's Bennett's a confincing needler: part insecure teen, part shark prod; Lizzie Morse handles Lizzie's sweeping emotional changes well; and J. Tyler Jones heads the class/cast as William, as smart as he is innocent, and hurt past the point of no return.
Worth a try.