Already closed | 1h 0m | East Village

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

From 92 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Original, Edgy

About the show

New York Neo-Futurists' ever-changing race-against-the-clock attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes! More…

With its ever-changing “menu” of plays, 'Too Much Light…' is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The audience is fully part of the act, deciding the order that these plays are performed. Each week, these plays shift as ensemble members add new plays to the existing body of work. Each night of performance, they create an unreproducible living newspaper of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental. Each short play is written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly montaged with twenty-nine other plays through high energy audience participation.

1h 0m | Already closed | The Kraine Theater (East Village)

Member Reviews (92)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Original, Edgy
84
Avg Score

83
Ambitious, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Must see

See it if This is a must see for avid theatergoers at least once

Don't see it if You hate sketch comedy

97
Clever, Funny, Edgy, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if You love late night improvisational, witty, edgy, raunchy entertainment!

Don't see it if You are easily offended or dislike staying up late.

85
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing, Original

See it if You enjoy the Upright Citizens Brigade et al. A fast paced 10:30 PM show,varying weekly, with a 20s something crowd, Fun & intelligent.

Don't see it if The informality of a late night show would irk you. Some skits are better than others, but even a so so one will be over in a minute!

83
Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an eclectic performance with basically 0 rules. Lots of fun, as well as some more serious moments as well.

Don't see it if You're looking for a structured piece, or if messes upset you. It can get quite messy.

78
Hit-or-miss, Funny, Original, Raunchy, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy stand-up or improv comedy, you like theater to be gritty, and you have a broad spectrum of humor that you appreciate.

Don't see it if you're not good at adjusting quickly to different types of humor, you want a polished performance, or you don't generally enjoy stand-up.

71
Edgy, Quirky, Original, Indulgent

See it if You are open to an offbeat show that hits some high notes but sometimes misses

Don't see it if You like a straightforward narrative that is on a uniformly sophisticated level

90
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want a different night out and like seeing improv shows.

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh.

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if it keeps varying redefines what is a play

Don't see it if you don't want great variety

95
Entertaining, Dizzying, Epic, Fun, Original

See it if you have no idea what you feel like watching but you want to watch some live theatre, you enjoy surprises

Don't see it if you'd rather sit down and enjoy a show without participating, you want an early night out of the theatre

88
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Original

See it if You like whip-smart improv theater. It's a new show every time!

Don't see it if You like the same old, tired shows.

10
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You are really drunk and just want to watch people do weird stuff while your intelligence and pocketbook are insulted

Don't see it if you don't want to pay money to watch someone dunk their arm in ice water and see how long they can keep it there.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Intelligent, Original

See it if you are interested in seeing many actors do many different scenes

Don't see it if that doesn't interest you

1
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you have a friend in the cast, have received free tickets and have nothing else to do

Don't see it if you prefer clever writing, a lack of pretense or wit

89
Clever, Dizzying, Funny, Edgy, Quirky

See it if You have an open mind about what theater should be. You've seen a lot of improv and you want to know what lies beyond. You want to think.

Don't see it if You want a show with structure. You like stability. You are a traditionalist. You are afraid to get hit in the face with chopped onions.

88
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you have a short attention span and like sketch-style theatre.

Don't see it if you hate shows that have topical writing.

84
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You have a few fun friends to go with , want a good laugh, willing to try something new, Not afraid of being picked out from the audience.

Don't see it if Don't like audience participation .

85
Clever, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Original

See it if You want to witness brilliant originality from a downtown company that keeps topping itself with every new production.

Don't see it if You lack any imagination, so instead of seeing something original choose see Jersey Boys for the third time- not that Jersey Boys is bad ;-)

82
Ambitious, Edgy, Dizzying, Original, Raunchy

See it if you like sketch comedy, avant garde theater, and randomness

Don't see it if you are easily offended and have a set of expectations when you go to the theater

78
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you are with a big group of different ages -- generations will love it -- great for kids, but fun for all, even grandparents!

Don't see it if You don't like drums. You don't like music. You don't like fun and want to be grumpy all night. Your face hurts if you smile - don't go!

82
Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you want to laugh; you like quick-fire improv comedy

Don't see it if you want something more thoughtfully-written

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Quirky

See it if You love comedy, short scenes and an entertaining but unconventional night of theatre!

Don't see it if You don't like comedy-improv shows and you want to see a play or musical.

55
Clever, Disappointing, Ambitious, Original

See it if you're looking for an original night out. The show is different each week and they love audience participation

Don't see it if you hate improv. Very hit & miss in sketches combine with a frantic pace to make a confusing time.

92
Clever, Funny, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if you like the idea of being completely surprised by what you experience.

Don't see it if you want a more linear experience.

75
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you really enjoy experimental theater that does not take itself too seriously in an intimate setting

Don't see it if you are afraid to see creative endeavors fail or if you cannot laugh at yourself or be engaged in a small group theater setting

90
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Original

See it if You like fast paced entertainment, audience participation, comedy, unique theater experiences.

Don't see it if You like a play with a plot, don't have a sense of humor, easily offended.

Also Really interesting show! A lot of fun!


December 8th, 2014
"Some of the two-minutes plays are parodies, some are serious and some are just plain weird...If there is one thing that Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind proves, it's that experimental theater doesn't have to be alienating; it can be exciting, engaging and a ton of fun to watch. Stop by the...
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February 22nd, 2012
"No one is trying to impress. No one is trying to be funny. No one is trying to showcase themselves. It is organized chaos where thoughts and ideas are hurled at you in rapid succession. Like a drug, the show will leave you either breathless, numb, energized, inspired or a combination thereof."
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January 22nd, 2014
"TMLMTBGB is the news feed of plays, a semi-random assortment of pithy content where you never have to sit long with the duds. But even more surprising than the dearth of bad apples is just how tasty the good ones are. The ensemble members have a deep understanding of both the form's limits as w...
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October 30th, 2014
"The line between gimmick and truth blurs quickly in this show, especially with performers so eager to provoke. The energy leaps swiftly and often between camp and art...I recommend that anyone interested in feeling simultaneously empowered and befuddled go see it."
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