So for the third year in a row, I caught The Neo-Futurists at Woolly Mammoth, with their production of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (here's the FB event).
It's just a fun show.
Not sure how else to describe it, other than they attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes, and it depends on us (the audience) to help them do it. And the plays range from comic to experimental, interactive to dance, and then some. Between each, the audience chooses their collective destiny and if the audience hesitates for even a moment, it could lead to entire plays being left out when the timer hits 60 minutes.
So here are 7 tips to making sure you get the most out of your menu, and see all 30 shows:
- Don't clap loudly and extensively; you won't hear them call "curtain"
- When yelling out a number, make it loud, keep it short, hit the consonants, and don't dwell on the vowels.
- If an actor is near a number when "curtain" is called, yell out the closest number.
- If you're waiting for something to happen (like, a legitimate amount of time, not just a little bit because you're impatient) it probably means you (or another audience member) needs to get up on stage
- Don't call out numbers that have already been called (this means you have to watch the plays and not get lost in the menu)
- Definitely WAIT until they say "curtain" to call the next number. As they explained in their introduction, a blackout doesn't mean they play they're doing is over
- Have fun :-)
Anyway, that's it for now. Until next ti-
Oh WAIT!! My favorite quote from the night (here's the arts administrator in me) came from a piece called "About a buck-seven", and I'm paraphrasing:
"...I'm offended that I live in a country that values commerce over culture"
I think I need to mention that fact that after the final show of every evening, they roll a die and replace that many shows with others, so the performance you see any another day could be completely different from the one I saw.
- J Street Jr