Neo-Futurists Announce Late-Night Show To Replace 'Too Much Light'
By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 28, 2017 10:06PM
(L to R) back row: Tif Harrison,Trevor Dawkins, Kirsten Riiber, Dan Kerr-Hobert, Jeewon Kim,(L to R) Bilal Dardai, Nick Hart, Leah Urzendowski, Kurt Chiang, Dan Kerr-Hobert, Lily Mooney, Malic White, Ida Cuttler. Photo: Joe Mazza/Brave Lux
The Neo-Futurists have announced the follow-up show to fill the time slot of its dearly departed Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. The new show is called The Infinite Wrench, and performances begin this Friday, March 3. The Neos describe it as "a barrage of two-minute plays."
“We’re changing our show’s name, but we are still The Neo-Futurists,” Artistic Director Kurt Chiang said in a press release. “We are making new work at a fast weekly clip, and those plays tell our honest first-person perspectives through chance, risk and speed. We’ll continue to welcome sold-out audiences around the block to our shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 50 weekends of the year, every year.”
The Neos announced details of successor to Too Much Light back in December. Previews for the new venture—which was developed in partnership with N-F's sister companies in San Francisco and New York City and remained recognizably improv-rooted—kicked off in early January
The new late-night weekend show takes the place of Too Much Light, which was one of the longest-running shows in Chicago history when Neos co-founder Greg Allen yanked its production in November, stunning the theater community. Allen claimed the move was to increase diversity, prompted by the election of Donald Trump; but former Neo-Futurists forecefully pushed back on that claim, alleging that Allen exhibited a pattern of bullying behavior.
Tickets are available at the door for $9 cash plus (in keeping with tradition) the roll of a six-sided die. Advance tickets ($20 with a $1-6 cash rollback) are available here.