Marjorie Prime OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    December 14, 2015
    Closing:
    January 24, 2016

    Theater: Playwrights Horizons / 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Marjorie Prime

    In ‘Marjorie Prime,’ Lois Smith Connects With the Past

    Ben Brantley

    December 14, 2015: Try to remember. It’s never as easy it sounds, recalling something — anything — especially as the brain ages, and the past covers more and more years. We edit, we distort, we censor; we select, we discard, we reshape, until memory becomes myth. Such notions come to mind — and burrow in deep — during “Marjorie Prime,” Jordan Harrison’s elegant, thoughtful and quietly unsettling drama, which opened on Monday night at Playwrights Horizons. Impeccably directed by Anne Kauffman, with acting to match by a cast of four that includes the wonderful Lois Smith, this production keeps developing in your head, like a photographic negative, long after you’ve seen it. Staged last year at the Mark Taper Forum, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama, “Marjorie Prime” operates by stealth. It initially has the look and feel of a featherweight work — of a cool, low-key domestic comedy of ideas, built on a single ingenious gimmick. But at some point, you realize that it’s been landing skillfully targeted punch after punch, right where it hurts.

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