A philosopher once called theater “the mask of convention over the face of society in the mirror of the unknown reflecting the rear-view of the sports car of destiny.” Simplify this theory with today’s theatrical Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets to the Neo-Futurists' Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind show (up to a $30 value).
The Neo-Futurists aim to create honest, unpredictable theater with a strong focus on ensemble work. Their flagship show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, is the longest-running show in Chicago. Brave performers attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes, with narratives drawn from the actors' personal experiences. TMLMTBGB runs on Fridays and Saturdays at 11:30 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. Viewers guide the order of the show, shouting out requests for the next segment to be acted. Plays vary from week to week as ensemble members create new material, resulting in a kaleidoscope of personal anecdote and audience participation. Though each performance is unpredictable, the Neo-Futurists occasionally create themed shows for special occasions such as Halloween and Mother's Day.
Existing in the Venn diagram center of writers, directors, and performers, the ensemble at The Neo-Futurarium strives to create equally fusion-based theater. The stage is regarded as an extension of daily life, and relies on honest, direct performance. With their embrace of collaborative writing and performing, the Neo-Futurists have become one of the most highly regarded experimental theater companies in the country.
- A fixture on Chicago's late-night theater scene, the Neo-Futurists have been doing their hit Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind since 1988 (it's now the longest-running show in Chicago). The setting -- a cramped room above a funeral home -- isn't much, but the gimmick is irresistible – Frommer's
- I just went to see TMLMTBGB for the bazillionth time on Friday. I had a great time, as always. – Elizabeth W., Yelp