Members say: Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Indulgent, Slow

About the show

In this new play from the New York Neo-Futurists, a band of tiny adventurers, four wind-up creatures–a monkey, a robot, a dinosaur, and a unicorn—embark on a fantastic journey.

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Although they move in short and unpredictable bursts, when they stop they trigger the performers into various rituals, stories, songs, and dances. Along the way they discover how to persevere, explore community, and celebrate random interactions. 'Wind-Up Variations,' is a multimedia retro punk meditation, an experiment in Neo-Futurism, a theatrical spectacle of the real and tangible shared everyday moments finding poetry in the routine and the chaos.



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75
Theatre is Easy

"The story of an unstoppable wind-up monkey...The ensemble regales us with some deceptively simple stories that add up to a satisfying, powerful whole...Have no fear, the monkey is not alone. A wind-up blue dinosaur and a wind-up robot join in the march. And, in one of the show's many beautiful moments, a wind-up unicorn appears...The cast draws the audience out and gets them feeling good...It all feels Brechtian and Communist and self-affirming." Full Review


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Poignant, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of the Neo-Futurists. You like absurdist/non-traditional theatre with a sweet final message from 3 earnest, talented performers

Don't see it if You need a strong storyline. You don't like fourth-wall breaking or audience participation. You don't like when theatre makes you think.

Also If you don't want to be interacted with, don't sit in the first three ... Read more Read less

87
Clever, Quirky, Imaginative, Fun!!!

See it if you enjoy the work of the Neo-Futurists. You are looking for a very different evening of theatre. Style is more importance than substance.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional play or illusionistic acting. Don't like actors breaking the fourth wall.

Also The Neo-Futurist style is an acquired taste, exploring the edges of wh... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want a cookie, if you like steampunk-inspired costumes, or if you like to find the profound in the seemingly random.

Don't see it if uncomfortable chairs will ruin the whole experience for you, or if you don't want performers coming into the audience to talk to you.

77
Ambitious, Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want to take a weird road trip w/a likeable cast. You like immersive elements. You want philosophy, nostalgia, music & storytelling.

Don't see it if You prefer linear storytelling. You dislike experimental and/ or immersive staging. You prefer bigger production values.

Also Bonus points for the cookies!!

72
Quirky, Interactive, Charming, Entertaining, Strange

See it if You like fun interactive shows without a clear linear storyline, and you like playfulness within plays.

Don't see it if You want something straightforward and serious.

71
Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like works from the Neo-Futurists' and enjoy quick scenes that fit into the overall theme of the show.

Don't see it if you are scared to not understand what is going on.

62
Funny, Slow, Dated, Entertaining, Diffuse

See it if you're willing to take a chance on 4 personable performers doing goofy stuff with conviction & no more direction than: "Full speed ahead!"

Don't see it if you're looking for a play, or traditional comic improv, or have an aversion to audience participation.

Also In 1995 a group of young performers visited NYC to present their Chica... Read more Read less

55
Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated, Contrived, Forced

See it if You're young and have never experienced any sort of protest or political theatre. Well meant but too much the stuff of student theatre.

Don't see it if You dislike easy metaphors, need a narrative or dislike invasive, confrontational audience participation.

Also Vintage wind-up toys, more mechanical and functional, might have smoot... Read more Read less

52
Clever, Quirky, Indulgent, Experimental

See it if the Neo-Futurists' brand of subversive, unconventional, absurdist comedy suits your aesthetic; you're prepared for a hastily-composed work.

Don't see it if you lack the patience for a well-intentioned & fun but overambitious, scattered screed that's a little too idiosyncratic for its own good.

Also Choose the first three rows or any aisle seat if you want to interact ... Read more Read less

43
Dizzying, Profound, Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You like wind up toys, trippy projections, fun ensemble and audience participation and electric guitar and smoke machines

Don't see it if Your sober, you need a story, would like to have a clue what is going on. Are annoyed by synthesizers and being sprayed with mist

35
Dizzying, Quirky, Confusing, Slow, Interactive

See it if you appreciate bizarre, silly, experimental, message metaphor”musical theatre with minimal plot and poor music, that obliterates 4th wall

Don't see it if you prefer well written book, excellent acting, and interesting costumes and staging, or cannot sit 75 min with no interval or travel to LES

20
Excruciating, Tedious, Awful, What were they thinking?

See it if Don't waste your time. It doesn't seem to have anything to say. What were they thinking?

Don't see it if You enjoy theater. Can I get my 80 mins back?


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