Friday, February 5, 2010

Neo Futurists

"TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND" is the name of the 6 person rockstar showing I saw a few weeks ago late on a Saturday night in Chicago. The Neo-Futurists are a collective of performers who engage in a somewhat unconventional performance style that is more artistic and theatrical, but in all the good ways.

You must get there early, wait in line for at least 30 mins before the show starts at 11:30 on a Saturday night. Then you are greeted by a vivacious performer who hands you a trinket of some sort (mine was an army man) which you exchange for ticket inside the tiny 150 person theatre. If you are lucky enough to go on a night when the entire theatre sells out, they order pizza for the crowd! The price of your ticket is $9+ the roll of a six sided die. And of course, and additional donations are gladly accepted.

There are only 3 rules, turn off your cell phones, if you are too drunk - go home - so you don't barf in the theatre, and have FUN! Participate!

Every show is different and full of energy! The show is 60 mins and the actors attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes, so only 2 minutes each! They didn't finish all of the skits on the night I went but I really wanted them to. The work is contemporary, serious at times, funny most other times, full of fun and amazing how quickly they run around and pull of the amazingness that is independent art. From cake being smashed in the hands of a lucky few audience members, to a race around the building to see who has the "Advantge" to meeting "Ryan Walter: Bad Ass Bar Back" it was definitely the best $11 bucks I've ever spent and I can't wait to be able to go back.

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