Although I am strapped for cash, I can’t help but spend a few extra bucks to go see one of Chicago’s longest running shows. The show was put on by The Neo-Futurists whom are a collective of extremely talented directors/performers/writers/funny people. To give you the gist of what they are, here is their mission:
- A Theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper.
- Non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys our experiences and idea ad honestly as possible.
- Un-reproducible events at an affordable price
- Work that embraces those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater- inspiring them to thought, feeling, and action.
The specific show I saw at this theater was titled Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. In short, the exuberant actors attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. With that in mind, the show is ever changing and they always add and subtract certain plays they wish to perform. Before the show beings, the audience is usually given a type of “menu” which includes the play for that day. When the play starts, the audience shouts their requests and the actors scramble to create the set without trying to waste a single second.
From my perspective, none of the actors were stepping into character, but rather retelling personal and insightful stories. I’m not going to spoil any of the plays I saw, but some are extremely shocking and emotionally heavy. That being said, it created the perfect segue into interesting discussion regarding a critical analysis about society and the patriarchy.
While writing this I find it hard to explain what I experienced as an audience member. All I know it that the theater feels like a safe haven for people that don’t get much out of traditional plays, and that it perfectly mentions the horrors of modern day society and topics that no one wants to talk about.
It is very unique and is totally a must see. My advice is to buy tickets beforehand because they sell out quick and waiting at the door for extra seats never guarantees entry. Sometimes there is no set price for the tickets. Instead, all you have to do is roll dice and pay that. I was truly impressed with the mix of humor and provocative topics. Please check it out here