In writer Nic Cha Kims amiable sci-fi comedy, a robotics company recruits a slam poet named Peter (Lanny Joon) to invest both art and soul into its latest creation. The robot, AIMEE, a square white cube with a female voice box (voiced by Stephanie Lincoln), develops an unhealthy attachment to the young slammer; newly empowered, it throws a wrench into his personal love life while wreaking violence on the less likable members of the company. The latter include Larry (Charles Kim), the boorish engineer who built AIMEE, and Missy (Elaine Kao), the companys officious attorney. Directed by Chil Kong, the piece leaves many secondary plot points unexplained but succeeds by virtue of its wry humor and lack of pretentiousness. As the beset-upon artist, Joon handles his characters absurd circumstances with diffident charm. Kim is appropriately obnoxious as his foil and Alberto Isaacs self-important CEO strikes just the right ironic note. But Kaos bossy lawyer comes off as stilted and over-the-top while Peters girlfriend, Julia Cho, seems prosaically whiny. Designer Dennis Yens sound and music add pacing and style, as does costumer Ivy Y. Chous use of color. A more sophisticated lighting plot might also highlight the comedy, but designer Louis Delgados resources appeared to be limited. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: April 19. Continues through May 25, 2008
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