Algonquin to present “The Adding Machine”

Above: The Algonquin cast of “The Adding Machine” (contributed photo)

Algonquin drama students will present their spring play this week. Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine, a dark comedy about one man’s journey through life, death, and the afterlife, opens on Thursday evening with a preview performance on Wednesday. The play is directed by Tom Alera.

Here’s a description of the show:

This darkly comical play tells the story of Mr. Zero, who after 25 years of service to his company is replaced by a mechanical adding machine. Shocked and distraught from this unexpected incident, Mr. Zero takes matters into his own hands. This classic American Expressionistic play follows Mr. Zero’s journey through life, death, romance, and redemption. A landmark piece of theater in 1923 that explored the powerful effects of the rising machine age as well as the search for an understanding about what it means to be human.

The show runs Thursday through Sunday with performances at 7:00 pm each night, plus a 3:00 pm matinee showing on Sunday. A preview performance will take place on Wednesday at 6:00 pm.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. You can reserve tickets in advance by emailing The production will be held in the Small Performance Theater at Algonquin Regional High School.

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