Review by Amanda Cooper
Jayson McDonald, the writer/performer of the silly-sweet show Giant Invisible Robot, is a charming performer. For about an hour, McDonald is on his own, playing a handful of characters who are all somehow related to the play’s mysterious center: the G.I.R. (Giant Invisible Robot), who apparently has a penchant for destroying things, even entire cities. This robot has one friend – the shy and troubled Russell - who grows up as we watch the play. We also meet scientists studying the G.I.R., superheroes trying to save the world from its wrath, and at one point, even the robot itself. Though at times the storyline isn’t easy to follow (it takes a couple of scenes to understand that Russell is aging) and some scenes are minimally funny, the outcome is endearing, and possibly heartbreaking for the viewer. After all, deep down, aren’t we all a self-conscious child who wants our very own invisible robot?
According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.