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Neo-Futurists

5153 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
773-275-5255
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Ranked #134 of 367 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Theaters, Performances
Most recent review
- Aug 16, 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Champaign, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

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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Ferndale, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

If you are a theater lover, you must see the Neo-Futurists' signature show, "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind." It consists of 30 super-short plays written, directed, and performed by the ensemble, who attempt to perform all 30 in 60 minutes (and they usually make it or get pretty close). The pieces themselves are NOT improvised, as incorrectly... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I cracked up from the beginning to the end. I was lucky enough to get an anniversary special presentation with lots of extra. But it is really nice and affordable and you should definitely go if you're around. They are really welcoming and like what they do!

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Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This show is 30 Plays in 60 Minutes; they all are Improv. It is said to be the the longest running show in Chicago and the only open-run Off-Off-Broadway show in New York. Starting in 1988, the show has run 50 weekends of the year since then. It was very interesting to say the least.... I should have looked closer... More

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Virginia
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is hilarious, fast moving, at times poignant, put on by very talented actors and writers doing 30 skits in 60 minutes. Line up starts at 1030 pm, show starts at 1130pm, and was sold out the Saturday night we went. Entrance fee is by the role of dice, max ticket is $15.

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This theater is not a tradition theatre or production by any means. But is a great time, when you arrive the tickets are $9 plus an additional few dollars based on the roll of a die. The most you'd pay for a tickey would be $15, or if you buy in advance you might get money back (based on the... More

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West Hartford, Ct
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Saw the election-year production, "44 Plays for 44 Presidents" -- which rolls through the whole roster of presidents with their stories and "DIRECT QUOTES" which are pointed out in flashing lights. A funky venue upstairs in an old apartment building. The cast and musicians are long-standing Chicago favorites. Affordable tickets for $15. We've also seen the NY troupe near NYU,... More

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Evanston, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

30 plays in 60 minutes that change every week. The audience picks a number and then they do that "play" it can by 20 seconds or several minutes. It is a great late night adventure in Chicago Theater

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Milwaukee, USA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2006

I went to see one of their special productions "Daredevils" and it was fantastic. It's more than just comedy - in addition to their goofy slapstick bits, which are pretty funny by themselves, there is also thought provoking social commentary and political satire. It's really one of a kind - very much experimental theater. Worth seeing.

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