clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Heads up, Teens: Here’s a video game for you

But I’m not too old to appreciate Art

Simone de Rochefort has been producing & hosting YouTube videos for Polygon since 2016. She co-directed the upcoming documentary The Great Game: The Making of Spycraft.

One of the great things about this art that we call the Theatre is that no one class of people has a claim to the stage.

This week on Video Game Theatre, it’s time for the Teens to shine, with a performance of Dontnod Entertainment’s Life is Strange. This game is strange, the dialogue complex, almost incomprehensible for the older, non-Teen viewer.

But as I watched the performances up there tonight, I realized one important thing: The Teens are still people. Human beings. And it’s their humanity that allowed this old bag to connect to the lively performances of Pat Gill and Simone de Rochefort (no relation).

“I think that Warren is a complicated character. I would primarily describe him as ‘repulsive,’” said Patrick Gill. De Rochefort heartily agreed with this assessment.

“He sucks,” she said with her customary eloquence, having been raised on the works of William Shakespeare and Jean-Baptiste “Molière” Poquelin.

All-in-all, I can’t say this was the most moving performance of the year, but that’s simply because it was not made for me. At the very least, no one can dispute the skill of de Rochefort and Gill in playing characters decades and decades younger than they are. Now, that’s what I call theatre.