Teaching a Robot to Love (the Musical)

Musicals & Operas · doubleclicks productions · Ages 8+ · United States of America

family friendly world premiere
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Review by TEDDY HANSEN-DEWAR

June 13, 2022 certified reviewer
tagged as: trans · queer · funny

What I liked

I loved that the robit was both a metaphor for transness and also ACTUALLY TRANS. I liked that all of the characters had gender presentations that were personal and comfortable and just deeply Part Of Them, instead of being called out and pointed out as “look, a representation” — they felt like lived experiences, and made the show a delight to watch. I loved the music! I’ve been a Doubleclicks fan for a long time and the way an ensemble cast was able to deepen and expand and enrich a kind of music I already liked was breathtaking.

What I didn't like

Some of the sound engineering could have been a bit clearer, but that might have been a livestream problem! I’d love to see a version of this with fuller staging (and maybe an even bigger ensemble/chorus?).

My overall impression

A smart, sweet, funny meditation on gender and humanity.

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