Before we met the robots - and excuse me androids - in STAR WARS, BLADE RUNNER, THE TERMINATOR, SHORT CIRCUIT, WALL-E, heck even WEST WORLD (underrated gem) and CAPTAIN EO (oh yeah I went there) there was the fascinating Off-Broadway stage production of R.U.R. in 1922. Debuting 90 years ago today and written by Czech playwright Karel Capek, R.U.R. was one of the earliest sci-fi stage productions and also introduced the word “robot” to the english language. The history of R.U.R. is written about in an absolutely fascinating blog entry written by Jeremy Megraw, from The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Billy Rose Theatre Collection. Let the machines rise!