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  Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind at Neo-Futurists

Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind

5153 N. Ashland Avenue Chicago

Their signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its twenty-fifth year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago today. Too Much Light..., with its ever-changing "menu," is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty.

Open Run

Fridays: 11:30pm
Saturdays: 11:30pm
Sundays: 7:00pm

Price: $9 plus the roll of a 6-sided die. ($10-$15)

Show Type: Improv

Box Office: 773-275-5255

Running Time: 1hr; no intermission

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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"... This tongue-in-cheek updating of a futurist entertainment exalts speed and chance, producing unashamedly live and democratic theater."


Centerstage - Highly Recommended

"...The Neo-Futurist production "Too Much Light Make the Baby Go Blind" is like the fountain of youth. Nearly 20 years old and counting, the Chicago theatre institution shows no signs of age, thanks in no small part to the company's commitment to creating innovative material."

Rory Leahy

Chicago Stage Review - Highly Recommended

"...Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is still the most clever, most urgent show in town. The structure is still fresh and the talent is still astonishing.Writer/performers like Trevor Dawkins, Jay Torrence, and Leah Urzendowski aren’t just worthy successors to the original Neos. They are worthy collaborators with all of the Neo-Futurists before them or after them in this ongoing and unending series of super-short performance art pieces that, as ever, leave the audience wanting more than thirty plays in much longer than sixty minutes."
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J. Scott Hill

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...The Occupy Wall Street movement would do well to take a tip from the longest running show in Chicago, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (TML). The event may take place every week indoors at the Neo-Futurarium – above a funeral home in the Andersonville neighborhood – but it is pure street theatre, entertaining and provocative."
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Tony Frankel

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