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The scourge of bullying has long been a sad fact of life for girls in middle school and high school. But since the dawn of social media, that bullying has taken on new and sometimes even more disturbing shapes. That’s the issue at the heart of “The Secret Life of Girls,” a play by Linda Daugherty that explores the difficult world of cyberbullying among high school students and includes powerful lessons both for the bullies and their victims.

A production of the show starring students from Buffalo’s Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and directed by Kelly Beuth opened Wednesday in the Subversive Theatre’s Manny Fried Playhouse (255 Great Arrow Ave.). The show is part of Subversive’s youth series, which for the past four years has opened up the Manny Fried stage to BAVPA students for plays relevant to the lives of students.

The play, based on interviews with perpetrators and victims of teen bullying, “offers a rude awakening to the pressures and social stigmas that loom over the lives of young women in today’s world,” according to a release. It was first produced locally by Theatre of Youth in 2009.

Tickets to the show, which runs through June 28, are $8 to $12. Call 408-0499 or visit subversivetheatre.org.

–Colin Dabkowski