Adding Machine is a most unlikely musical hit. The source material, Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine, is a cornerstone of American Expressionism, but the dark-toned 1923 play does not lend itself to a toe-tapping good time, nor does this adaptation, which concedes nothing to audience expectations. The synthesizer-driven score by Joshua Schmidt, and book by Schmidt and Jason Loewith (also artistic director), are flavorful but pungent, with bits of the blues, Stravinsky, and the great American ...

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