At around 10 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday night on East 4th street you are likely to find a long line of people holding gold coins and small plastic astronauts or fireman. Though this happens every weekend, people are happy to come back again and again for that staple show: The New York Neo-Futurists’ Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
As some of you might remember, I saw The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill: Vol. 1 Early Plays/Lost Plays four times, so I hope you don’t think I ignored T.M.L.M.T.B.G.B.! But this weekend the show was a special edition of the classic Neo-Futurists staple called The F.U. Show (a.k.a. The Fair Use Show), in which all of the 30 plays that were to be performed in under an hour were either adapted or inspired by famous plays, movies, or personalities. As in every other New York Neo-Futurists show I’ve attended, I laughed for that entire hour.
In order to understand how this show is different from the normal T.M.L.M.T.B.G.B. I just want to take a second to explain what a “normal” show looks like. Each weekend the Neos attempt to perform 30 plays, all written by them, in an hour. The audience is always involved, whether they are called upon in one of the short plays, or simply because the performers cannot go onto the next play until the word “curtain” is called and an audience member shouts out the name of the play they want to see next.
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