“Pulpy And Contrived Drama” Draws On Google
Without having seen this play, I hesitate to criticize it. In fact, I’ll try to refrain from doing so. But regardless of its value as entertainment or great drama, “I Google Myself” does, as you probably guessed from the title, involve America’s favorite search engine.
A description provided by TheaterMania should get us all on the same page.
Right. Again, I haven’t seen this play, but Jason Zinoman (of The New York Times) has, and he wasn’t exactly blown away (that’s Zinoman’s quote in my title). Ellen Wernecke (of the New Theater Corps blog) felt differently. Yet what we’ll note here is Google’s role in all of this; even though the search engine giant had no official involvement, the play still trades on Google’s brand name and issues of public perception.
Which may have suffered as a result. Zinoman overheard one audience member say, “I’m going to go home and turn off my computer.”
Ah, well. “I Google Myself” may be, as fellow writer David Utter said, “off-off-off-off-off-off-off Broadway,” but at least it’s giving the Mountain View-based company some more exposure.