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Address: 5153 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Phone Number: 773-275-5255
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Smart, clever, innovative, Second City-like theater experience

Loved the Neo-Futurist show. It's hard to describe; they perform up to 30 short "plays" in 60 minutes -- or as many as they can get through. Hilarious, poignant, silly, beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ross F
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Highland Park, Illinois

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Highland Park, Illinois
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the Neo-Futurist show. It's hard to describe; they perform up to 30 short "plays" in 60 minutes -- or as many as they can get through. Hilarious, poignant, silly, beautiful, irreverent, musical, frenetic.... It's the total experience. It's unlike anything out there, it has a Second City feel, but it's intentionally less polished. It's messy, frenzied, and lots and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

It's late, it's crazy, it's more like performance art than a play, and it's remarkably consistent after nearly 30 years running. An entire experience from waiting in line, to waiting inside, to paying, getting a name tag and program menu, and the show itself. Some of it is crazy, a tiny bit is uncomfortable, a lot of it is funny,... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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126 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We made reservations for the Sunday evening show and were glad we did as many people in line for standby were not able to get in. This theater is unique, it was small and a bit cramped and had uncomfortable seats. The actors were incredible and so energetic, and the 40 short plays (each of which they wrote), that they... More 

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Milford, MA
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I'd never go to Chicago without catching at least one of the Neos' shows. This time it was "Trust Me, Screw You", a retrospective about con artists and conning. Very funny and educational, too!

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

30-ish plays in 60 minutes. The evening felt more like an event than just a performance. There was a great atmosphere in the room and the show seemed to feed off of the crowd's enthusiasm. The skits are designed to be discarded after a month or so, but a number of them were very memorable and well executed. Part of... More 

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1 Thank Ely R
Melrose
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65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We saw " too much light makes the baby go blind". Saw about 25 short plays within an hour or so. A couple were not appropriate for younger teenagers, but generally were fine for everyone from teenagers to oldsters. A range of types of plays from comedy to tearjerkers.

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Thank teddysdad
Austin, Texas
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

I went with a couple friends on a trip to Chicago. The set-up of the show is unique and interesting. However, I found this to be not so entertaining and more like watching people do performance art therapy. It is thought provoking and definitely pushes the boundaries. I don't know how open-minded or comfortable people you are, but it was... More 

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1 Thank M P
Dresher, Pennsylvania
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101 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

Not sure what I expected but I was pleasantly surprised. A fast paced and entertaining show that gives the actors 60 minutes to perform 30 skits of varying topics. Some hilarious, some heartbreaking, always quirky and well portrayed. Great fun.

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Thank nellevets
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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50 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great live show, rotates new skits in regularly to go back and see new shows constantly. Very talented performers and thoughtful and funny writers.

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Thank DC-Christopher
Champaign, Illinois
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

They highlight the need for honesty, theirs, yours with them and each other. I was at a 30 plays in 60 minutes play so your mileage may vary. A truly unique experience... No matter how often you come to see it. Funny and downright hilarious most of the time, sometimes frank and skewering. It's impromptu in some ways, but mostly... More 

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