Already closed | 1h 40m | East Village

Futurity

From 27 member  reviews
Members say: Original, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the show

Soho Rep and Ars Nova present an avant-Americana musical about two people who try to imagine their way out of impossible circumstances. More…

Julian is a Civil War soldier dreaming of a technological utopia. Ada is a mathematical genius thousands of miles away. Together, they’re going to invent a machine to end one of the darkest periods in our history. An experimental concert-story featuring an army of thirteen musicians, written by indie band The Lisps. Blending American indie-folk music with dreams of invention, 'Futurity' explores a world where utopia seems within reach.

1h 40m | Already closed | Connelly Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (27)

MEMBERS SAY:

Original, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent
80
Avg Score

12
Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You like an uncomfortable theatre experience.

Don't see it if You don't like being assaulted by unnecessarily loud mediocre music and lights so bright you can't look at the stage.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows that are trying new things, you are interested in Ada Lovelace or the Civil War, or want to something different.

Don't see it if you are looking for a very straightforward show.

95
Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You want to renew your faith in the American musical.

Don't see it if You are content to see revivals of Hello Dolly for the rest of your life.

Also It's quirky, time-jumping, foot-stomping and imaginative with a plot I... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Original

See it if you enjoy clever adventurous theater. Ingenious concept. Great music.

Don't see it if you only like conventional musicals

70
Great staging, Exquisite, Confusing, Edgy, Refreshing

See it if You like bluegrass music and are a bit of a hippie

Don't see it if You need a firmly constructed plot or hate being confused

60
Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Needs editing, Original

See it if you like very repetitive indie songs with clever lyrics and masterful staging. You don't mind a confusing story w. no character development.

Don't see it if you want a balanced musical and dislike occasional fourth-wall breaking, or if you need fully developed characters.

80
Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Must see, Original

See it if This is the kind of special downtown show you want to see off-Broadway. It was creative and ambitious and made great use of its ensemble.

Don't see it if you don't like the ensemble playing instruments. You don't like wordy songs. You hate steampunk. You only like singers with perfect voices.

85
Delightful, Great staging, Epic, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if a pacifist manifesto concert with boisterous, joyful noise, and wonderfully theatrical deployment of the musicians

Don't see it if extreme gentleness isn't your thing

83
Ambitious, Messy, Quirky, Original, Epic

See it if amazing music in an odd, weird, messy, wildly original musical with wonderful leads and impressive cast and production.

Don't see it if a few slower moments that are more serious and slows down the pacing of the otherwise energetic and exciting musical is enough to turn u off

100
Exquisite, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Smart

See it if you like musical theatre but are looking for something more courageous and affordable than Broadway. Also, if you like TED talks :)

Don't see it if you don't appreciate anything that does not scream "this production costed millions!"

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You love folk or indie rock or exuberant innovative musical theater; you want to see the John Doyle musician/singer conceit perfected

Don't see it if you need a ton of plot/story to keep you engaged

90
Clever, Enchanting, Original, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if you want to be reminded of the potency and unlimited, transformative possibilities of musical theatre.

Don't see it if you hate all things twee.

85
Smart, Fun, Tuneful, Quirky, Original

See it if you like idea-driven, ambitious musical theatre with live music and a charming cast.

Don't see it if you're allergic to hipsters, or if you need everything to make perfect sense in the end.

90
Smart, Incredible music, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Beautifully staged

See it if you have an open mind towards experimental types of musical theatre with plots that require a lot of thought.

Don't see it if you were hoping to see something like Wicked. Soho Rep/Ars Nova is far, far from Kansas.

95
Thought-provoking, Poignant, Profound, Masterful design, Enthralling

See it if you want a brilliant and incredibly cohesive visual and aural experience, exemplified most by its scenic design and instrumentation.

Don't see it if you have very specific ideals about musical theater. That said I believe theater-goers of all tastes have something to gain from Futurity.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Profound, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy tales of fictional history, science, and peace; if you love music and a talented cast. Very relevant to today's troubling times.

Don't see it if you can't handle scenes of war, death, or unconventional choreography. Also if you don't like when actors cross the fourth wall.

Also The scenery was incredible, especially the Steam Brain--a wall of acto... Read more Read less

65
Cliched, Dated

See it if You feel like this

Don't see it if Have some kind of specific thirst for a specific show

97
Clever, Resonant, Original, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if You appreciate great singing and being left with a lot to think about!

Don't see it if You don't like non-traditional shows.

77
Confusing, Ambitious, Original, Quirky, Clever

See it if you're looking for a small, experimental musical with beautiful vocals and an original plot.

Don't see it if you're looking for something easy and transparent. It's a little hard to follow, and the attempt at profundity can get heavy-handed fast.

95
Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy musical theater that is both highly entertaining and makes you think.

Don't see it if You need your theater to be obvious and spoon feed you its themes and impressions like baby-food.

83
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Original

See it if You are ready for fresh take on a musical

Don't see it if You only like the Big Musicals...

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Intelligent, Original

See it if You want to be enraptured/moved to tears by the power of imagination to transport us from horrifying situations. I cried for 2 solid hours.

Don't see it if You hate being confused or having any questions left unanswered.

71
Ambitious, Confusing, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like blue grass music

Don't see it if You have epilepsy

100
Ambitious, Clever, Resonant

See it if You enjoy musicals with an incredible understanding of science and a knowledge of what humanity needs

Don't see it if You don't love folk musicals with thought provoking lyrics

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy folk music, innovative set design, and ensemble driven theater with uniquely talented leads

Don't see it if you don't have an imagination or care to ask big questions


October 20th, 2015
"It’s finally here: a musical made for brainiacs! 'Futurity,' an odd and often beguiling show written by César Alvarez with his band the Lisps, could send science geeks into the kind of swoon that befalls more traditional musical theater lovers at a great production of, oh, anything by Stephen So...
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October 20th, 2015
"There’s a fatal lack of dramaturgical forward motion to the affair, which alternates increasingly same-sounding tunes with fragments of dialogue and speeches...The density of intellectual whimsy and antiwar melancholy in 'Futurity' is admirable but too ungrounded in characters or situations to m...
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October 20th, 2015
"'Futurity' doesn't really go anywhere. It is essentially a folk concert mixed with didactic speeches. Still, one can't help but admire its contemplative and informal nature. Plus, the performers are chummy and there's free popcorn."
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October 20th, 2015
"Those who like their theater messy and beautiful are liable to fall in love with 'Futurity.' The show's spritely touch-and-go relationship with its themes, however, will leave many feeling unsatisfied. If an artist is going to bite into a piece of red meat, he ought to be prepared to chew. 'Futu...
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