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At the same time, I have no idea what this is, and yet it seemed filled with the promise of awesome. Is it a retro look at the future embodied in a theatre show? Yah, I guess. , Empire Black Box, 95 Empire St., Providence, RI.

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ABOUT "2010"

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A.D. 2010, New Malden: a time of techno-studded blecchiness. Lonely human freedom fighter Kate Brick plans a last stand against the oppressive Artas, artificial life forms who control humankind through torture, brainwashing, and Facebook. But judging by the complacence of her lover Dehnise Compuserve and the general apathy of her fellow humans, it may be too late.

It's the year 2010 and it's a bad time to be human.

2010: Our Hideous Future @ The Musical! is a synthpop-infused, queer friendly musical comedy homage to the great dystopian classics of the 1980s and 90s. Boston-based playwright Carl Danielson brilliantly riffs on classics like Blade Runner, Max Headroom, The Matrix, and Snow Crash. Meanwhile, local songwriter/audio producer Andy Hicks (of The Pluto Tapes) provides delightfully twisted tunes like "(It's A) Near Futuristic Dystopia!" and "Bangor Boogie".

The plot follows full-time office manager and part-time hacker Kate Brick, as she undergoes a suicide mission to take down the evil MC (Master Computer) who has driven the human race into slavery through oppression, suppression, and Foursquare. When her young co-worker saves her life from the MC's henchman, they're forced to go on the run. Will they find true love together, or are things just so bloody terrible that there pretty much has to be a horrible, hideous twist ending of some sort?

Using the space at Oberon to their full advantage, the cast and crew have added more dancing, more multimedia elements, and more music to this thrilling night of live theater and music. With amazing music, hilarious dialogue, and surprises of all kinds, it's the perfect show for geeks and non-geeks alike!

A presentation of Unreliable Narrator in association with The Pluto Tapes.

2010 started in July of 2009, when I staggered up to Carl at a cast party after several adult beverages and told him that I just realized that no one had ever written a Blade Runner-style musical comedy before, and gosh darn it we should be the ones to do it. To my surprise, he actually took me seriously. This is a big mistake. No one should ever, under any circumstances, take me seriously. I rarely mean what I say, and even when I do, I tend to forget.

But in hindsight, it all seemed to work out. Before long, we were working on the show you're currently reading about. Once characters were created and songs were written and stories were crafted, the show slowly took shape over the next twelve months. Suddenly, we had actors, and a performance space, and then, eventually, an audience. And the audience, at the Boston Playwright's Theatre, actually, shockingly, disturbingly, really seemed to like it.

Now this was just beyond the pale. I'm a chronically self-critical New Englander and Carl's a humble Minnesotan. So, if you're seeing the show for the first time and you actually like it, please don't tell us about it, because one of us won't know what to say and the other one will just think you're wrong.

Oh, who am I kidding. You should totally tell us what you think. Despite the awesome video work (provided by our friend Jonathan Carr) and the astonishing choreography (by Alex Nemiroski, the dancing doctor) and the loud music and flashing lights and creatively named bar menu, this is still a work in progress and we'd love to keep making it better.

-Andy Hicks, music and lyrics

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