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Universal Robots

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the show

Gideon Productions presents Mac Rogers' alternate history play, which imagines the invention of the robot in 1921 Czechosolvakia and chronicles its consequences up to the present day. More…

The Great War has just ended. The fledgling Republic of Czechoslovakia boasts a thriving artistic community. At the center of it is Karel Čapek, a celebrated playwright. His newborn nation and his world are changed when a young woman walks into his life with a strange mannequin in a wheelchair...a mannequin that gets up and walks all by itself. A story of war, art, and technology that is equal parts sci-fi thriller and love story. Inspired by the late Čapek's seminal 1921 play 'R.U.R.'

Member Reviews (8)


Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense
Avg Score

Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever

See it if you are interested in our increasingly technological world and its impact on human life.

Don't see it if you do not like to think and think fast - the dialogue is quick!

Compelling, Intelligent, Original, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you like plays that are intelligent and work on a variety of levels. Needs a bit of pruning, but overall an interesting evening of theatre.

Don't see it if your taste runs from fluff to sit-com style plays.

Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense, Great acting

See it if Inspired by the 1920's Czech play R.U.R., this Sci Fi story is a cautionary tale of robots rising against their human creators. Ambitious.

Don't see it if Not as good as author's terrific Honeycomb Trilogy, but still good once you get past 1st 30 mins of exposition. Slow pacing in 1st Act.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like sci-fi, with political & moral resonance, on stage. Writer Mac Rogers & his committed cohorts deserve support.

Don't see it if you're tired of robots-are-taking-over tropes & hope sci-fi will mean action instead of 2 &1/2 hrs of talk talk talk by an oft robotic cast.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like sci-fi and questions of humanity. Great writing and staging. Completely engaging.

Don't see it if you want an uplifting evening out.

Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like philosophical questions answered thru scifi pulp in the best way. Masterful writing and a great twist at the end.

Don't see it if you can't sit through 2.5 hours of theatre. You don't like scifi or robots, or a good time.

Ambitious, Resonant, Clever

See it if Like sci fi

Don't see it if Bored easily

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Intense

See it if you're interested in speculative fiction, alternate history, or drama with a dose of philosophy.

Don't see it if you're unwilling to sit through a somewhat slow first act for the payoff of a dynamite act two.

June 8th, 2016
"This is a love story and the play’s surprising center, by design and by virtue of Ms. Cheek’s and Mr. Howard’s standout performances: quiet, intense, funny, affecting… 'Universal Robots' has a cast of 10 performers, immediately impressive in their ease…But the pacing on both page and stage can b...
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June 7th, 2016
"Much of the writing is strong, but by comparison with Rogers's excellent 'Honeycomb Trilogy,' the storytelling is less assured, requiring story-theater interjections that slow velocity. It's also difficult to overlook the rather shambolic physical presentation...Gideon Productions shows have alw...
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June 12th, 2016
"While the relaxed, slow-moving discussion of ethics and morality in the first act becomes a bit of a soporific, the second act, which moves with breakneck speed, is both provocative and electrifying. The intensity and ease with which the cast of ten play their often multiple roles goes a good wa...
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June 10th, 2016
"This skillfully portrayed tale is a compelling twist on classic sci-fi tropes and timeless questions about the nature of existence...Overall, 'Universal Robots' is a lovely, often comedic, and equally tragic take on a set of very recognizable circumstances...While fans of sci-fi are sure to get ...
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