20 Jan '15, 4pm

Review: The Uncanny Valley

Review: The Uncanny Valley

Photo: Kathy Perkins Do Androids Dream of Equity Cards? Alphonse Nicholson played human test subject Edwin [right] opposite the RoboThespian [left]. The RoboThespian , a human-size robot developed by Engineered Arts , based in Penryn, England, often works as a museum guide. It has also done some very stiff stand-up comedy and a slightly less stiff rendition of “Singin’ in the Rain.” But these are largely solo performances. In July, it did something more unusual: It performed alongside two humans in a play called The Uncanny Valley , which made its New York City premiere at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn. (Clearly, robots are in the zeitgeist, as another production called Uncanny Valley played in New York around the same time; its robot character was portrayed by a human actor.) Both plays are named after the distressing psychological gray zone that people experience when fa...

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