There have been many brilliant Watsons over the years: Alexander Graham Bell’s engineer was Thomas A. Watson, Sherlock Holmes had Dr. John Watson, and then there was that super-computer who ruled Jeopardy. Madeleine George’s new play, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, puts these three together and adds a new Watson we don’t know — an “amiable techno-dweeb” who’s “just looking for love” — for a tribute to the people and
machines we depend upon. Leigh Silverman directs the brain trust. And mark your calendars for 4:45 on December 14 for a free panel discussion with George; Eric W. Brown, IBM Watson Technologies director; Maria Konnikova, author of
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes; and Robert Krulwich, NPR
science correspondent and co-host of
Radiolab (RSVP on the Playwrights
Horizons website by December 11).
Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Oct. 20. Continues through Dec. 29, 2013