By Leigh Austin
Seeing a Neo-futurist production has always been a guaranteed odd but engaging experience, and the world premiere of Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser’s The? Unicorn? Hour? Is no exception. The 60 minute show is an expedition into eccentricities as two unicorns (playwrights Urzendowski and Courser) perform “stunts,” restrict their adult language to a “swear square,” and host a tea party in a purposefully disconnected sequence of events.
While buttoned up audience members might be confused and potentially even offended by this discombobulated show, the crowd that Neo-futurists cater (those willing to embrace the play’s lack of conventions) to will love this joyful and ultimately moving experience. I have never seen a production that elicited more honest and raw responses from audience participation, and it can be attributed only to the unique and fun atmosphere that Urzendowski and Courser create.
The? Unicorn? Hour? continues through May 13th, 2017 at The Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland Ave). More info.
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