The Speakeasy

I went to see this last night and it is amazing:

Part of what makes The Speakeasy such a special event are the number of intricate layers revealed -- about the storyline, the set, and your experience with both -- as you go along. You buy your ticket online and await instructions on where to meet up on the appointed night. You're given passwords and strict instructions on staying mum over the course of the evening. And you're rewarded for playing along with access to a labyrinth set where secret passageways offer some of the best seats in the house.

The Speakeasy is less a straight narrative and more a choose-your-own-adventure collection of character studies of the folks who populate a San Francisco speakeasy in the 1920s. There are the mob bosses and the showgirls, the fallen heroes and the families they (tried to) leave behind. The dramatic tension here is romantic and political, it comes out through dialogue, song, and dance, and it's performed in the chair next to you one moment and behind glass the next.

Go get your tickets, seriously. It's totally worth it. I'm probably going to go again.

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5 Responses:

  1. KC Crowell says:

    I was pretty impressed too. If you go again let me know! I'd be down to see it twice.

  2. Pavel Lishin says:

    Sounds like Sleep No More, which we got to see a few weeks ago. Except presumably you don't have to wear masks.

  3. relaxing says:

    Sounds like The Diamond age.