“The? Unicorn? Hour?” is an hour dedicated to joy: an exploration of how fear can overtake us and what it means to will yourself into aggressive, active, fully lived joy. It is an hour-long piece of beautiful, glimmering costumes (by Rebirth Garments founder, Sky Cubacub), bedsheet walls, stunts, pop-up mountain tops, bubbles and a special guest. Co-creators and performers Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser are two powerhouses of joy. They say “Yes,” lift each other and stand in the Swear Square long enough to become Swear Witches who brim their cauldrons with [expletive].
Inspired by old kids’ shows like “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the Joy Womb, as they call it, is a safe space. It feels so comfortable to be in, it’s difficult to remember that the world outside isn’t. The pair is made for the job of radical joy-making. They counter each other potently (Urzendowski is a shouter and originator of the Swear Square, Courser is a relatively quiet mime-adventurer extraordinaire), but they also offer constant support both to each other, the audience and even their special guest who can’t be happy.
“The? Unicorn? Hour?” is anti-cynic. Fear happens and bad things exist but we don’t have to be overtaken by them. Urzendowski and Courser are searching to sustain joy and sharing their findings. It’s hard to elaborate as everything feels like a spoiler. Seeing this show is good for you. It doesn’t banish fear but accepts and confronts it. The pair choose to find a world where they can be happy and then they share that world with us. There’s no need to think too much, you’re here to experience, love and laugh.
“The? Unicorn? Hour?” is maybe the most relevant, brilliant, loving piece of theater in the city right now. (Jay Van Ort)
The Neo-Futurists, 5153 North Ashland, (773)878-4557, neofuturists.org, $10-$25. Through May 13.