Mar 7, 2024 - Things to Do

An algorithm comes to life in "Big Data" show

two people on stage, one in a snuggie

Out-of-work writer Max ( Jomar Tagatac, left) is intrigued by M (BD Wong), a mysterious stranger who arrives in his life and wants to know everything about him. Photo: Kevin Berne

👋 Hey all, this is your reminder to see a fantastic show in SF: "Big Data" at the American Conservatory Theater before it wraps this month.

The big picture: The play follows M (played by BD Wong) as he appears unexpectedly in the lives of two young, tech-distracted couples. Is M a robot? A sentient AI in human form? Something else altogether?

State of play: The production is perfect for a tech-driven city like San Francisco. Even more so in the second act when (no spoilers) a shocking family revelation blindsides the characters, and they're forced to reconcile with how distracted they've become.

Behind the scenes: Speaking of his character M, Wong said there was something fun about playing an algorithm that comes to life, observing human behavior from a distance.

What they're saying: "I don't feel contempt for [humans], I'm wildly entertained by them," Wong said at an audience Q&A last week. "But it's like a 'Spock' kind of feeling… that's as close to human behavior that he gets."

Stop by: The play is at the Toni Rembe Theater until March 10. Tickets are available through the American Conservatory Theater.

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