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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!"
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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