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Remember the Alamo
Remember the Alamo

Remember the Alamo
Neo-Futurists
Thru - Apr 27, 2019

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Chicago Reader- Recommended

"...The idea of a production unexpectedly dismissing members of its own audience takes such a degree of anarchic chutzpah that it's difficult not to love or at least appreciate the creativity and sense of risk behind it; I was a little disappointed, then, when the "deceased" were unceremoniously escorted back to their seats without comment a scene or two later. That half-in, half-out level of commitment to wild concepts is indicative of too much of this intermission-less hour-and-fifty-minute production, which presents history lessons, wild (but true) bits of Phil Collins trivia, and earnest personal revelations without any one of those elements solidifying the show's sense of purpose. For every minute of joyous spontaneity, there are another two that make you want to ask, "Folks, what are we even doing here?""
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Dan Jakes



Windy City Times- Recommended

"...Remember the Alamo uses entertainment and amusement ( not the same ) to make you think. Typical of the Neo-Futurists, it's funny, exceptionally quirky, ingenious, messy in a literal sense ( eggs, beer, confetti, soda-pop liberally tossed about ), semi-improvised, audience-interactive and perhaps a tad too much of an inside joke ( the Phil Collins stuff ). As directed by Kurt Chiang, it never loses energy and its messages never become heavy, although it doesn't quite know when it's over and goes on about 10 minutes too long ( especially if it begins 15 minutes late, as it did the night I saw it ). The design elements, especially the projections by Parker Langvardt and lighting by Jorge Silva, add a lot to the production."
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Jonathan Abarbanel



Time Out Chicago- Recommended

"...One of the joys of Neo-Futurist joints is their riotously funny free-associative flow, but director Kurt Chiang brings just enough order to the troupe's chaotic id. The show makes great use of projections from Parker Langvardt, playing them off the live performers in moments of comedy and pathos. Remember the Alamo eventually begins to buckle under its own nearly two-hour length; a running bit where audience members are asked to leave the theater and are then declared dead fumbles its payoff, and the promised final battle feels like a mix of theatrical elements in search of a purpose. Happily, the winning cast is equally adept at farce and introspection; Hart's peevish take on an artistic visionary is especially spot-on. Remember the Alamo may be less than the sum of its parts, but there are so many good parts that it's hard to complain."
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Alex Huntsberger



NewCity Chicago- Somewhat Recommended

"...It sure will be hard to forget “Remember the Alamo,” a world premiere presented by The Neo-Futurists, written by and starring Nick Hart. Coming in at nearly two hours, this production employs everything from artsy shadow confessionals to goofy disco numbers and impromptu beer toasts with the audience. Although highly inventive, the sum amounts to a half-baked meditation on racial identity. Nearly everything in this production feels underdeveloped, which is a shame, given the cultural relevance of its source material."
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Noel Schecter



Rescripted- Somewhat Recommended

"...Remember the Alamo is a world premiere Neo-Lab original being performed at The Neo-Futurist Theatre. The show is created by Neo-Futurist ensemble member: Nick Hart and directed by Neo-Futurist Artistic director Kurt Chiang. This production promises its audience that they will help the actors fully recreate the Alamo battle. This show contains more than that, it also has themes of death, interesting facts about Phil Collins, and a narrative of what it's like to be mixed-race in America through individual personal narratives."
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Lonnae Hickman