At Williamsown, “The Chinese Room” is an artificial play about artificial intelligence

By Jeffrey Borak jborak@berkshireeagle.com @BE_Theater on Twitter A scientist named Frank (Brian F. O’Byrne) finds himself in a tense confrontation with a humandroid named Daniel (Carson Elrod) in this scene from Michael West’s “The Chinese Room” at Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage. (t. charles erickson — courtesy williamstown theatre festival) WILLIAMSTOWN >> In an interview earlier this month in a New York Capital District newspaper, playwright Michael West described his new play, “The Chinese Room,” as a sci-fi comedy thriller; “a love story with action and thriller aspects;” ” ‘Blade Runner’ as written by Noel Coward.” That’s an awful lot of weight to carry. No wonder the play — which is having its world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage — is such a muddle. The insufferably long-seeming “The…


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