Author: Margo Gray

In Performance: Sorry Robot at PS122’s COIL Festival (NYC)

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 acc...

In Performance: Karen Sherman’s One With Others at American Realness (New York)

The Brutalist architecture of Abron’s Underground Theatre is the perfect setting for Karen Sherman’s exploration of using and being used. The stark concrete walls pair well with the simple machines employed by the performers: old-fashioned overhead projectors, an iron, pieces of wood secured with bolts or hooks. Carrie Wood’s stark lighting throws larger-than-life shadows of the performers onto th...

In Performance: Faye Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming: Attendance at PS122’s coil COIL Festival (New York)

Wear clean socks to Thank You For Coming: Attendance, because as soon as you enter you’ll be asked to remove your shoes. This is just the first invitation the audience receives to become part of a one-night-only community. Throughout the performance, the audience is encouraged to react, reconfigure, assist, join, and sometimes even replace the performers as they interact with and transform e...