Quick and Random

After debuting roughly 7,000 plays over 21 years, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, the flagship project of the Chicago-based theatre group the Neo-Futurists, arrives in Denver for a one-night-only performance at Curious Theatre Company. Based on the concepts of Italian futurists, dada and surrealism, Too Much is an ever-changing production of thirty plays in sixty minutes that shuffles around the concepts of honesty, brevity, politics, humor, sadness and symbolism. "It's a fast-paced, no-character-based, low-budget, thought-provoking, humorous, political show that reflects what's going on in the world as well as what's going on in our own lives," says Neo-Futurist Steve Mosqueda. "We don't play characters on stage; we only play ourselves, so everything we say on stage is the truth."

What keeps people coming back — and telling their neighbors and dormmates — is that no two performances are ever the same. They exist somewhere between traditionally rehearsed theater and improvisation in that all of the two-minute plays are written and rehearsed. "During the show, there are thirty numbers hanging from a clothesline above our heads, and behind each number is written the title of a play," says Mosqueda. "Each play begins with ‘Go’ and ends with ‘Curtain.’ The word ‘curtain’ is the cue for the audience to call out the number of the next play. Hopefully we get to all thirty plays in sixty minutes."

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door; Curious is at 1080 Acoma Street. For more information, call 303-623-0524 or go to www.curioustheatre.org.
Sat., Sept. 26, 10:30 p.m., 2009

 
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