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Marjorie Prime

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever

About the show

Playwrights Horizons presents a story about a family coping with the loss of a loved one through the use of a "prime:" an exact replica of the deceased who can learn to interact in human-like ways. More…

Marjorie is a clever, wry woman who, at age 85, finds that her memory is failing. She is living out her days at an assisted living facility where she is frequently visited by her anxious, quick-witted daughter, Tess, and her kind, easygoing son-in-law, Jon. With the urging of Jon and the facility, and despite Tess' misgivings, a mysterious young man, Walter, joins the group with the hope that he can help reverse Marjorie's decline.


Member Reviews (63)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever
80
Avg Score

90
Ambitious, Clever, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you can. A powerful exam of identity and memory. What makes us ourselves? And what will happen with AI? Well acted, skillfully written.

Don't see it if you dislike sci-fi stories. MP takes place in the near future. I liked it so much I saw it twice. A couple of scenes could have been trimmed

83
Clever, Slow, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like plays about what the future could hold in store.

Don't see it if You don't like intimate new plays that are slowly paced.

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if incredible acting and a sci fi storyline

Don't see it if You don't want to see a somewhat depressing quiet show. But it will make you think. And you won't forget it!

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Original

See it if you are interested in thought-provoking new plays written by one of our very best young playwrights.

Don't see it if you are not interested in thought-provoking new plays.

93
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Original

See it if You love Lois Smith, sci-fi and great acting. You want to be touched at frank discussions of death.

Don't see it if You don't like sci-fi and don't want to suspend disbelief.

85
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like considering implications of future technology and enjoy clever, well-thought out playwriting

Don't see it if you don't want to think about death, aging, or mortality. You want to see a cheerful and joyous play.

88
Absorbing, Original, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Extremely original, thought provoking and well acted. The plot unfolded in three acts, each more riveting than the last

Don't see it if You want something light, fluffy and happy

68
Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you like Black Mirror and Robot & Frank.

Don't see it if you like gritty scifi.

90
Lois smith, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You appreciate great acting, contemplating the issues of aging, family relations.

Don't see it if Aging and human frailty are fearful topics.

75
Ambitious, Original, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if a well-crafted and believable drama, set in 2062, about cyborgs who help preserve memories, interests you.

Don't see it if you dislike shows set in the future about surprising technological advancements.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Resonant

See it if you want a thought-provoking piece that, while not gripping, is absorbing and fleet, ending with a truly knockout scene.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are more about ideas than plot.

68
Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a one note thought piece with some nice performances

Don't see it if You need a drama with more depth to the plot

90
Fun, Clever, Entertaining, Great lead actress

See it if 1) You want to see Lois Smith in yet another TOP NOTCH performance 2) You enjoy a little sci-fi with your examination of aging and loss

Don't see it if you are dealing with a recent loss & want space

88
Original, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Profound, Melancholy

See it if If you have ever suffered the loss of a loved one. This was a moving exploration of how future technology might change the grieving process.

Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy.

70
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Sci-fi

See it if you want to see a first-rate actress in a not-quite fully baked play that will leave you wondering.

Don't see it if you expect a cuddly family drama or you don't like sci-fi.

90
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Original

See it if Insightful intelligent introspective soul-searching

Don't see it if Must see

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You enjoy a prophetic and provocative drama about memory and family. Lois Smith is magnificent. Deserved a Pulitzer last year.

Don't see it if You want your plays to be comedys. The reviews run the plot so don't read them.

77
Quirky, Refreshing, Intriguing, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a new/refreshing take on dying/mourning. Well acted. Fascinating idea.

Don't see it if if the subject of dying is too difficult for you Although, it is handled so insightfully here. If you're looking for standard fare - don't.

83
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're interested in semi-science-fiction stories or if you're interested in the effects of technology on human interaction

Don't see it if you get bored watching people talk with little action or if you like shows with a huge conflict

95
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if you want an elegant, rich, and haunting heartbreaker of a play, with stunning observations about the way we connect to those we love

Don't see it if you're looking for something lighter and less ruminative

79
Absorbing, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to have a good discussion about life and living

Don't see it if you don't like contemplative plays

87
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in elder care and end of life issues treated with thoughtful care.

Don't see it if you feel manipulated by sci-fi gimmicks.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you love Lois Smith (and you should) and like plays that dig down deep.

Don't see it if you want light-hearted comedy and shallow characters.

55
Confusing, Original, Great acting

See it if you like sci-fi and great acting.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in sci fi theater.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Original

See it if You like inventive work that is different, thought provoking and very well acted.

Don't see it if You like your theater spoon fed to you from the same cliched stories, as this is definitely not that.


December 14th, 2015
"Impeccably directed by Anne Kauffman, with acting to match by a cast of four, this production keeps developing in your head...It initially has the look and feel of a featherweight work — of a cool, low-key domestic comedy of ideas, built on a single ingenious gimmick. But at some point, you real...
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December 14th, 2015
"An intriguing scenario but mainly an elegant study of memory as both escape and prison...The structural trick of Harrison’s play (not to give too much away) is the slow proliferation of Primes, which both palliates and sharpens the tragic chapters of Marjorie and Tess’s past. Time will tell if A...
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December 14th, 2015
"A startling and profound new drama...It’s true that 'Marjorie Prime' is fundamentally a realistic work, and a brilliant one at that...That in this production they are rendered natural as well, despite the amusing technological frame through which Harrison explores them, is the result of the supe...
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December 14th, 2015
"'Marjorie Prime' is sometimes frustratingly slow and schematic; it's the sort of play that is probably more satisfying to ponder over afterward than to watch. But it resonates with deep feeling, philosophical intelligence and empathy not only for its human characters, but also for its artificial...
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