City Paper is not for tourists
No one mixes the silly and the serious quite like the Neo-Futurists. On its last swing through town, the Chicago-based experimental theater troupe paired a somber meditation on U.S. Army casualties in Iraq with a gleefully nonsensical take on the Lincoln assassination. Expect a whole different set of head-scratching epiphanies during the return engagement of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Woolly Mammoth as the Neo-Futurists race against the clock to stage 30 monologues, performance pieces, and plays in one hour or less. By leveling the playing field between slapstick humor and highbrow art, the company’s signature show is simultaneously amusing and provocative. There is also some question as to where the stage begins and ends: Audience members, who dictate the flow of the show by shouting out page numbers, sometimes end up in the pieces themselves. The performance begins at 8 p.m. at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $25. (202) 393-3939; see City List for a complete schedule.