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Algorithmism (FringeNYC)
East Village
71

Algorithmism (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(8 Reviews)
Positive
75%
Mixed
25%
Negative
0%
Members say
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Disappointing

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: An autonomous robot is creating art. And people are buying it. In this explosive two-hander, a fallow painter and his powerful agent discover the discord between their true colors and risk their long relationship by asking: is creativity uniquely human?

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Member Reviews (8)

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70
Entertaining, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you want good entertainment

Don't see it if you get disappointed with a cursory treatment of a serious issue

59
Disappointing, Relevant

See it if you wish to support fringe theater; looking for fast-paced dialog.

Don't see it if frustrated with authors who, for the sake of fast dialog, throw everything in so characters come-off having no believable inner track.

Critic Reviews (4)

August 24th, 2016

"Hersler picks a timely subject to hash out onstage…Yet, as the scenes between Paul and Tom unfold, their debate over the definition of artistic 'innovation' circles the same points without moving in any surprising directions: Is art in the eye of the beholder? Is beauty any less valid if it comes from a machine rather than a human? If Hersler continues further down the intricate paths that these questions open up, he could have himself a real work of art."
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August 14th, 2016

"'Algorithmism' introduces wonderful queries and is full of evocative ideas, but at times, I felt as though some complexities were under-explored...The piece might benefit from a bit more time to expand, but it is, nonetheless, tremendously compelling. Hersler’s play is intelligent, witty, and explores pressing questions that linger unspoken in our present Age of Artificial Intelligence."
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August 19th, 2016

"Hersler has a brilliant concept…The trouble was Hersler's two-hander talks in circles. The story of art gallery owner Tom and his pride and joy artist Paul seems to lack character depth, instead opting for intellect...Overall, the message Alex Hersler provides in his play is promising. He's no John Logan but this really is an art play that wants to be discussed. With the execution slightly amiss, the potential of 'Algorithmism' was never quite found."
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August 13th, 2016

"Sean Shannon and Terrence Montgomery star in the intelligent, amusing, and thought-provoking two-hander...Under Richard C. Aven’s direction, the actors balance the men’s explosive confrontations with the shifting dynamics of their power and reversals in their thinking and behavior, creating compelling multi-faceted figures in a complex relationship that is at times funny, but often painful in their insults, threats, and deeds."
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