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. More…
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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