Written by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photo: Amos White V
5 out of 5 stars
TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND
NEW YORK, NY (June 17, 2007) We were blind-sided at The NY Neo-Futurists production of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind this weekend! When they said there would be 30 plays in 60 minutes, well… we just didn’t really think it would be humanly possible. Walking through the door with our ‘Jaded New Yorker” caps on, we quickly realized we’d have to tuck them in our backpacks for fear of losing them for future endeavors. Not only did the troupe give up the goods as promised, like the legendary comedian Bill Cosby says in the intro to Fat Albert, we “stuck around and learned something” too.
After being called into the theatre by name (AF was honored as the first entrants), processed with new names (I was dubbed Lover Man), and greeted by friendly, enthusiastic ushers, we were instructed when and how to call out the number of the play we wanted to see next. (Ordering plays from a menu? That’s a new one for us – but it really worked out well!).
Complete with East-Village black-box minimalism, the stage at Kraine Theatre proved the perfect backdrop for the Neo-Futurists’ quick-witted, original shorts. Filled with hundreds of comedic nods to popular culture, plays such as Hot Lesbian Semi-Historical Love Vignettes Starring Barbie and Barbie, and the ever-so-chic All I know about luff, I learned from Truffaut kept us on the verge of laughing ‘til it hurt while stimulating our perspectives of how knowledge, humor, and art can transverse in ways rarely experienced within the daily grind.
Offering up the other side of the mask, poignant and deeply personal stories were also dramatized with acute sobriety, such as Christopher Borg’s The Truth About Mormons – a play depicting an undulating universe of one man’s struggle to maintain and sustain his identity.
Proceeds for this special Sunday performance went to Gods Love We Delivered.
Performances for Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (created by Greg Allen, written, directed, and performed by The New York Neo-Futurists) are held at The Kraine Theatre (85 E4th Street Between 2nd & 3rd Avenue) every Friday and Saturday at 10:30PM. Each week, both the roster of actors and plays rotates, so no show is exactly the same. Tickets are $10 plus the roll of a six-sided die (long story – see their website for details.)
Other highlights from this weekend’s production included (in no particular order):
The Vagina… Yes!
Quelle Bitch! The BacklashWhiplashEyelash!
Greek To Me
Give Good Carrot
Dragging in drag on a laborious Labor Day
FEATURED ARTISTS: Christopher Borg, Jeffery Cranor, Eevin Hartsough, Joe Basile, Joey Rizzolo, Desiree Burch, Jenny Williams, Jacquelyn Landgraf, Claudia Alick, Sarah Levy, Rob Neil, Laura Schlachtmeyer
For more information about The NY Neo-Futurists production , visit: nynf.org