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The Boston Globe

Theater & art

Stage Review

The unspeakable in ‘The Events’

NEW HAVEN — A grim new genre is taking shape as theater artists confront the plague of our age: episodes of mass murder by unhinged loners with a grievance and a gun.

Last fall, Boston’s ArtsEmerson presented a newly expanded version of “columbinus,’’ a 2005 play by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli that re-created the atmosphere of terror surrounding the 1999 slaughter of a dozen students and a teacher at Columbine High School by two armed youths, who then killed themselves.

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