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click to enlarge Lily Mooney, Jen Ellison, Kurt Chiang, Hal Baum, and Rachel Wilson

Lily Mooney, Jen Ellison, Kurt Chiang, Hal Baum, and Rachel Wilson

Evan Hanover

When: Sundays. Continues through Feb. 26 2017
Price: $15
The latest iteration of the Neo-Futurists' absurdist storytelling series (devised by Kurt Chiang and Lily Mooney) is an "ode to misery and disillusionment," covering both pervasive downers like the election and more niche yet no less polarizing topics like genome editing. Under Chiang's direction, the cast of five attempts to read original essays to the audience in the face of egregious interruptions from each other—everything from pseudointellectual lines of questioning about whether characters are "good guys" or "bad guys" to physical horseplay to water that's spilled and sprayed. Essays and play interludes evolve from week to week, but these spontaneous complications, or "arrows," are the primary form of improvisation. A surprisingly high-concept exercise, this Arrow feels like an unpolished look behind the curtain at performers workshopping their most outlandish concepts. —Marissa Oberlander

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