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The Touring Test

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A group of actors are touring a play about a robot world-takeover, but the tour is really an artificial intelligence experiment. One of the actors is secretly a robot, kind of like Big Brother meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. It sounds confusing, but it isn’t.

It’s an all-star assembly of Winnipeg’s best talent (Tracy Penner, Andrew Cecon, David Gillies and Glen Thompson) directed by Ross McMillan, and every performance is deft, with flashes of funny. The trouble is, Winnipeg playwright Scott Douglas has penned an unabashedly nerdy play, cerebral and inventive but lacking in heart. Until the end, that is, when the stern scientist (Stefanie Wiens) powers down the robot actor and punctuates the play with one very moving line.

— Mary Agnes Welch

From the Fringe program:

A touring production sponsored by the International Institute of Robotics and Culture, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth.

Following each performance, the audience will be invited to vote on which of the actors are human, and which, if any, are robots. Not even the actors know.

A behind-the-scenes comedy of love, art and artificial intelligence.

"This is a wonderful, thoughtful, magical show." - CBC review of 2009's Treading Water

Directed by Ross McMillan.

 

http://touringtest.net/

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 min

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Language

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