‘Marjorie Prime’ review: Memories and morality in the age of artificial intelligence

Lisa Emery and Stephen Root star in “Marjorie Prime.” Before it even arrived Off-Broadway, “Marjorie Prime” had big buzz — and expectations. That’s par for the course for a Pulitzer finalist being made into a movie starring Jon Hamm. Author Jordan Harrison reflected on the 1950s in his earlier work, “Maple and Vine.” Now he looks to the near-future. Primes — therapeutic humanoids with artificial intelligence — feed memories to people with age- or disease-addled minds. Like 86-year-old Marjorie (a peerless Lois Smith, who seems to age backwards in the show). She relies on Walter (Noah Bean), a prime, who looks like her late husband at age 30, to fill in the gaps. The crux of the story is that primes know only what they’re told. Should stories of our…


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