Through November 12, 2017
“Siri? Google ‘artificial intelligence’ and the seemingly innocuous but increasingly integral role technology plays in our daily lives.”
“Marjorie Prime” is one of those special theatrical occurrences that allows the audience to experience both a thought-provoking script and a superbly acted and directed staging. This is theater at its finest! Go see! Must see!
As the world pitches headlong into a state of increased artificial intelligence usage questions arise as to the dangers and pitfalls as opposed to the benefits. While seemingly benign in nature does the turning over of basic brain functions help or weaken us as humans? What about the effects on our instinctive behavior patterns? Through our association with these future animatrons do we end up mimicking them to the point of surrendering our humanity? These are the questions that you will find raised in this fascinating futuristic work.
On one hand, one could wish for a more dramatic confrontation between these people as some of them evolve from one form to another. Surely, such an experience would generate passions of some sort, and those are notably missing in this rather sterile piece. But the elegance of Harrison’s exposition-free writing and the finely modulated performances exert a quiet drama all their own.
Love - whether sexual or filial or the kind you feel for a pet - and the terror of losing that love to the endlessness of the grave run through every moment of director Shannon Sindelar's hypnotic production, like the low hum of an electric current.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.