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Award-Winning RUX Brings Robotic Rom-Com Back to Fringe

Tom RisenBy Tom Risen on Nov 14, 2012 | Add a Comment Add a Comment (114)

Award-Winning RUX Brings Robotic Rom-Com Back to Fringe

What if people you date and deal with every day could be fixed like machines? You could reprogram people- and get exactly what you want! Or could you?

That hilarious idea led audiences to vote “RUX: Rockwell’s Universal seXbots” the Best Comedy of the 2012 Capital Fringe, and now the cast is back for Fall Fringe.

Somewhere between the computer hijinks of '80’s movie “Weird Science,” and the robot rebellion of “Blade Runner,” the cast of RUX keeps you laughing even after you’ve left the theater- and rethinking challenging questions:

What do people really want? How close can you get to perfect? Where does fantasy end, and where does reality begin?

The biggest question raised by the play, according to cast member Adam Adkins, is “am I really that attached to my iPhone?”

“We willingly let technology take over our lives,” Adkins said.

The best science fiction always holds a mirror up to the world around us, so playwright Maurice Martin wanted to remind audiences of people they know who habitually reach for smart phones during a gap in conversation.

“We’re already pouring a lot of our affection onto our tablets,” Martin said. “This play just takes that a little further out.”

Along with the irony of wired convenience, director Sun King Davis easily finds humor in the inconvenience of dating humans, with the fighting, stumbles and missed connections that ambitious, tech-savvy people hate to deal with.

“The funny thing I say when I tell people about this show ‘imagine you could date a robot who could be exactly what you wanted it to be,’"said Davis. "Now hold that up to the best relationship you have ever had, where you still do fight with the person, where you still do have to pick up their laundry.” 

“Why would you ever deal with a human being when you could deal with a robot?” Davis asked. “There are reasons, but the big question we try to tackle in the show is that line between having to be a real human being; and sometimes being wrong, and sometimes making compromises, and sometimes ending an argument.”

Lack of arguments on the robotic dating scene leave a strange gap for the characters of RUX, but gimmicks throughout the play show that some of the perks of dating a robot include characters erasing embarrassing moments from the memories of their significant androids.

“I can’t tell you how many times I wish I could ask [my wife] to delete the last five minutes after I say something completely boneheaded,” Martin said.

The cast has also deleted and tightened parts of the play as they reprogrammed and upgraded the play during a year of performances, so RUX 2.0 (or perhaps 4.0) is must-see.

“When you hear the name ‘Rockwell’s Universal seXbots’ you think ‘Oh G-d. Fluff,’ Martin said. “This is a really funny show but there’s definitely something there.”

 

Buy Tickets here:

http://shows.capfringe.org/shows/3628-R.U.X.-(Rockwells-Universal-seXbots).html

Nov 17th 1:00 PM

Nov 18th 4:45 PM

Venue: Fort Fringe - The Shop – 607 NY Ave NW DC

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