In the ancient tradition of tales of robots dealing with their feelings, the new musical Sorry Robot has a human kind of unpolished wildness. The story follows unlucky-in-love Detective Isaac Crownover as he investigates a new kind of emotional software for robots. The noir-like detective plot might benefit from some clarification, as the question of who’s pretending to be or aspiring to be or accidentally becoming who gets a bit muddled.
Sorry Robot is at its best when it pokes fun at genre tropes, such as robots telling terrible jokes, robots being subtly-but-indefinably creepy, and robots being wiser than their human masters. Interspersed throughout the mystery are fun production numbers complete with synchronized backup dancers and flashy concert lighting. Playwright/Composer Mike Iverson’s songs have a retro pop feel to them, and include some highly hummable tunes. The catchy reprise of “Tears on the Treadmill” was one toe-tapping audience favorite.
Ultimately, one goes to a sci-fi noir musical to enjoy the pulpy zaniness, and there is certainly an abundance of that here.
Writer and Composer: Mike Iveson
Director: Will Davis
Producer: Ariana Smart Truman
Stage Manager: Maurina Lioce
Set & Costume Design: Parker Lutz
Lighting Design: Lucrecia Briceno
Featuring Performances by Anthony R. Brown, Mike Iveson, Nicky Paraiso and Tanya Selvaratnam.
Write-up by Margo Gray