Synopses & Reviews
This collection of 100 short (very short) plays from The Neo-Futurists acclaimed cult hit Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind was originally published by Chicago Plays in 1993. The show presents 30 plays in 60 minutes, its ensemble of writer/performers generating between two and 12 new plays each week, as dictated by a roll of the dice. The material runs the gamut of style, tone, and topic: musical, confession, agit-prop, poetic gesture, physical comedy, puppet theater, audience interrogation, folk song, sex joke, and many more. The plays are funny, moving, challenging, powerful, and occasionally just plain weird. There is no fourth wall in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind the show embraces the ideal that theater is created in the connection between audience and performer. Randomness, dynamism, speed, brevity, and planned obsolescence are celebrated and exploited to engage and refresh all participants. The plays stand as an entertaining document of the show's output, and they are ideal for scene study, auditions, and competitions.
PRAISE FOR THE NEO-FUTURISTS:
"An example of experimental theater at its finest." Chicago Reader
"...the citadel of metatheater, The Neo-Futurists arguably do as much to explore the very nature of the act of performing than any other resident theater in the United States." Chicago Tribune
"...a high-pitched amalgam of performance, political satire, and personal revelation--with the audience fully part of the act." The Village Voice
"Weirdly uplifting." San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Midnight express: After two raucous decades of after-hours theater, the Neo-Futurists still reign." Christopher Piatt and Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago, December 3, 2008