Critic’s Choice: ‘Watson Intelligence’ funny and absorbing

CHICAGO – A revised version of Madeline George’s clever, amusing 2014 hit play, “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence,” has taken to the Theater Wit stage in Chicago, and it’s a real crowd-pleaser. It takes audiences on a whirlwind ride, jumping back and forth in time as it explores computer whizzes (contemporary and pioneers), their work and the ultimate impact of technology.  Director Jeremy Wechsler nimbly guides the play’s three actors on a wild ride as they seamlessly change roles, donning different attire and assuming new personalities. Kristina Valada-Viars is first seen in 2011 as Eliza, an earnest, if lonely, computer programmer whose Watson robot (Joe Foust, who also plays three other Watson characters) crosses uncharted ground thanks to artificial intelligence.  Subsequent scenes find Eliza’s smarting, suspicious ex-husband Merrick…

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