Why, rather than simply enslaving humanity, the titular automatons opt to devour it is never revealed in this apocalyptic comedy.
The more burning question, of course, is why do the man-eating machines allow three of the most annoying humans on Earth (four, if you count the radio jock who plays the same U2 song repeatedly) to survive in a basement suite, after eating all their neighbours?
"I can’t get pregnant now. We may have to run," the lone female character (Brittany Lloyd) tells her ex (playwright Nathan Howe), who has just spied two "robots boning" through the window and decides it’s time to start re-populating the planet.
It seems like a good setup for a Shaun of the Dead-style black comedy. And the young Saskatoon cast is capable enough. But the characters are too busy yelling, bickering and having inane conversations about how bored they are to do anything remotely funny.
— Carolin Vesely
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
The year is 2004. U2 has just released a new hit single. Humans have started to depend on robots to do their cooking, cleaning and various other household chores. What happens when the robots don't want to take it anymore? What happens when they get HUNGRY? How is humanity supposed to survive when ROBOTS start EATING HUMANS?!
Warnings: Subject Matter, Gunshots, Violence Blood
The Conservatory (Venue 7), to July 24
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students