30 Bands, 60 Minutes
By Rachelle Bowden in Arts & Entertainment on May 27, 2004 11:51AM
One of the best weekend activities in Chicago is watching experimental theatre troupe the Neo-Futurists perform their weekly, ever-evolving show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. With the help of some raucous (read: drunken) audience participation, they miraculously put on 30 plays comedic, political, and dramatic sketches of varying lengths in 60 minutes. These crazy geniuses even determine your admission price based on the roll of a die and order pizza for audiences at sold-out shows. For good reason, its Chicagos longest running theatre tradition. (Late Night Catechism be damned.)
The group celebrates their 16th anniversary tonight at Metro with a musical equivalent of their stage show, somehow squeezing 30 musical acts into a one-hour set. And though Chicagoist can only vouch a few of the bands appearing art-rockers El Guapo among them the event promises a night of manic fun. The Neo-Futurists themselves will be on hand to perform before the musical insanity begins. Get your tickets with a price unfortunately determined by Ticketmaster and not a die and help these local mainstays raise some much-deserved money.