‘Marjorie Prime’ Takes On Artificial Intelligence And Aging

‘Marjorie Prime’ at Writers Theatre. Photo by Michael Brosilow. Writers Theatre’s thought-provoking four-person play, Marjorie Prime, is set several decades from now, replete with artificial intelligence and quips about the obsolescence of the iPod. But despite being firmly set in the future, the play is centered on the past, exploring the uniquely human tendency to perseverate on time gone by, even when we can no longer remember it correctly. Marjorie herself (Mary Ann Thebus), now 86 years old, was born in the ’70s and finds comfort in the form of her long-deceased husband, Walter (Erik Hellman)—or rather, an AI version of Walter in his youth, programmed to remember highlights of their life together as Marjorie’s own memory declines. Marjorie’s bitter daughter, Tess (a brilliant-as-always Kate Fry) is suspicious of the…


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