The Mad Scientist's Guide to Romance, Robots and Soul-Crushing Loneliness

Theater, Musical
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The Mad Scientist's Guide to Romance, Robots and Soul-Crushing Loneliness
Photograph: Crystal Arnette
The Mad Scientist's Guide to Romance, Robots and Soul-Crushing Loneliness

Megan Sass’s musical is an ambitious endeavor by the rough-and-tumble standards of the Fringe: The writer-composer plays a lovesick woman who gets dumped by the boyfriend she builds and winds up in a battle to save humankind. The show's madcap sci-fi fun includes geek-pleasing callouts to Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica—it is even hip enough to include a Black Mirror joke—and features an impressive cast. Sass is very appealing as she strums an acoustic guitar and waxes euphoric about “My Robot Boyfriend.” As her lesbian zombie assistant, Piper Goodeve provides singing that itself would be worth the price of admission; Darren Bluestone’s woman-made man is credibly handsome, and Bethany Faye’s sunny simplicity as a barista is an enjoyable counterpoint to Sass’s angst. Both the humor and the score (cowritten by Nathan Leigh) are uneven, and the show’s abrupt resolution is less than fully satisfying. But director Jesse Geiger makes good use of Drom’s comfy playing space, and if the show does not delve very deep, that may be a fair trade-off for its zippy running time: At 70 minutes, it moves fast enough to keep you from minding the bumps on the ride.—Scott Wooledge

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