Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Theater , Experimental Neo-Futurarium , Uptown Until Sunday January 1 2017
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Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
Photograph: Marc Monaghan for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The Neo-Futurarium

Running continuously since 1988, the Neo-Futurists' signature show has become a rite of passage for adventurous theatergoers in Chicago. The writer-performers' attempt to stage 30 mini plays in 60 minutes is controlled chaos of the best kind, and with the ensemble members performing as themselves and new plays in the rotation every week, it's routinely the most topical show in town.

Venue name: Neo-Futurarium
Address: 5153 N Ashland Ave

Cross street: between Winona St and Foster Ave
Transport: El stop: Red to Berwyn. Bus: 22, 92.
Price: Advance $20, at the door $10–$15 ($9 plus the roll of a six-sided die)

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Tim L

I went for the first time this weekend and I already know this is something that I will go to regularly. The best part's always changing! The show lasts 1 hour, no more no less, and it is nonstop entertainment. The theater is small and only seats 145 people so I recommend getting there early. Even before the show starts, the cast is on point and get you in the mood for a fun time,whether it's rolling dice for your ticket price or having them pick your name for your name tag. 

You walk into the theater and you receive a menu from the cast that matches to 30 sheets of paper hanging over the stage with the names of all the different skits. The goal is to get through at 30 skits in 1 hour. They actually set a timer and once it goes off the show is over. The best part is, the audience gets to yell out the numbers of what they want to see. The skits include everything from comedy, to drama, to suspense and a combination of all of them. The Neo-Futurists believe in dealing with what's going on right here and now. I highly recommend it, and like I said, each week they rotate out different skits for new ones so its always changing.

Erin Delahanty
moderatorStaff Writer

Do yourself a favor and make sure this is something you experience in Chicago. Whether you live here or are just visiting, it's well worth an hour of your time and the low admission cost.