Rude Mechs
Now Now Oh Now

Rude Mechs

Now Now Oh Now


Internationally celebrated Austin, Texas theater collective Rude Mechs have been delighting audiences with what they describe as a “genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle” since their founding in 1996. The company made its Durham debut with Now Now Oh Now, performed September 24-27, 2014, an immersive theatrical experience that explores the nature of beauty, evolution, choice, and chance.

Leading an intimate audience of only thirty people through a two-part cabinet of wonders in Duke’s Sheafer Theater, Rude Mechs combined serious scientific content with the nerdy pleasures of interactive gaming and the undeniable satisfaction of Murder Mystery Theatre. An evening full of surprises for performers and audience alike, “Now Now Oh Now is a delightful way to have your mind blown” (Austin Chronicle).

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Photos by Jeremy Lange


Commissioned by Duke Performances. Made possible, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; a Visiting Artist Grant from the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University; and support from the Department of Theater Studies at Duke University.


  • INDY Week, Theater Review: Rude Mechs bring live-action role playing to Duke Performances
  • CVNC, Well-mannered Rude Mechanicals Play Duke Performances
  • Austin Chronicle, Now Now Oh Now: The Rude Mechs’ latest show is a mind-blowing roll of the die
  • Austin Chronicle, The Rude Mechs’ Now Now Oh Now: Version 3.0 of this look at role-playing games tests how deeply we engage in our quests for beauty and truth
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, Rude Mechanicals’ ‘Now Now Oh Now’: Games people play
  • BroadwayWorld, BWW Review: NOW NOW OH NOW is a Brilliant Exploration of How Choice and Chance Shape Your World