(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in The New York Times, 1/1/15; via Pam Green.)
“Every actor wants to play a robot,” said Mike Iveson, speaking by telephone from his Upper West Side apartment. “That’s the truth.”
Well, it’s certainly true for Mr. Iveson. In “Sorry Robot,” his full-length playwriting debut, Mr. Iveson has assigned himself the role of Junius, a humanoid robot with an iffy agenda — part capable personal assistant, part sinister conspirator. And he sings, too. A musical-comedy-techno-thriller set at a shady Florida hotel, “Sorry Robot” starts performances on Tuesday at the New Ohio Theater as part of PS 122’s Coil festival.
With his high forehead, sleepy eyes and round chin, Mr. Iveson has been a distinct presence downtown for 20 years or so. Able to pivot smoothly between realism and absurdity, he can play heroes, zeros and everymen in between. His characters are a little wounded, a little wild.