Entertainment 'Futurity' review: An odd musical about the Civil War César Alvarez and Sammy Tunis star in "Futurity." Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes By MATT WINDMAN amNewYork theater critic Updated October 20, 2015 7:07 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email You probably haven't heard the term "avant-Americana musical" before, but that's how "Futurity," a new work written and performed by Cesar Alvarez and the Brooklyn indie-rock band Lisps, is being described, likely in light of its experimental format and folk sound. With the upfront warning from the 13-member cast (comprised of actors who are also musicians) that the show is not based on actual history, it depicts how an idealistic Civil War soldier dreams of building a steam-powered computation machine -- a giant "steam brain," full of spinning wheels and gears. The soldier, unhappy with his violent surroundings, optimistically believes that such a machine could bring peace to the world. To make his vision a reality, he collaborates with the real-life nineteenth-century English mathematician Ada Loveless (considered the first-ever computer programmer). "Futurity" doesn't really go anywhere. It is essentially a folk concert mixed with didactic speeches. Still, one can't help but admire its contemplative and informal nature. Plus, the performers are chummy and there's free popcorn. If you go: Futurity" plays through Nov. 15 at the Connelly Theater. 222 E. 4th St., sohorep.org. By MATT WINDMAN amNewYork theater critic Matt Windman is the theater critic at amNewYork, which means he sees a show virtually every night of his life. They tend to vary in quality. He is also a lawyer. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.