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Ubu! A Singalong Satire – Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Writer: Carl Grose Directors: Carl Grose and Mike Shepherd Reviewer: Richard Maguire Ubu! A Singalong Satire from theatre company Kneehigh is easily the show of the year. Updating Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi of 1896, a play about an evil dictator, into a karaoke setting may seem like a bonkers idea, but Kneehigh bring the house down. And the audience sings ...

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A Christmas Carol – Immersive/LDN

Adapted by: Alexander Wright Director: Tom Bellerby Reviewer: Richard Maguire This version of A Christmas Carol has been around since 2011, and unfortunately it feels a little out-of-date, like last year’s mince pies. For a show that is advertised as an immersive experience, this show is very static, and is only saved by the two-course meal that comes in the ...

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A Cocktail Party Social Experiment – Chelsea Music Hall, New York City

Creator and Host: Wil Petre Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers It is quite frankly impossible to attempt to distill Wil Petre’s insightful immersive experience, A Cocktail Party Experiment at Chelsea Music Hall into one thing that is quantifiable by traditional theatrical standards.  Like a cocktail, it is comprised of many singular elements that while on their own are enjoyable, but when brought ...

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Now Serving– The Collapsable Hole, New York, NY

Writer: RADIOHOLE Director: RADIOHOLE Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell  The performance collective RADIOHOLE serves a full meal onstage in their new work Now Serving: A Guide to Aesthetic Etiquette in Four Courses. Reminiscent of both Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party and Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros’s 2003 play Omnium Gatherum, this “irreverent exploration of the American Dinner Party featuring Haute Vaginal Cuisine” ...

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Variant 31 – Space 18, London

Creators: Big Dreamer Productions Reviewer: Richard Maguire It may prove easier getting through airport security than it is making it through the door to the immersive Variant 31. The queues wouldn’t be so bad if the experience that followed was actually any good, but this live action zombie role-playing game is pretty lame and frustratingly aimless. Once tickets are booked ...

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Looking At You – HERE Arts Center, New York City

Music: Kamala Sankaram Libretto: Rob Handel Developer and Director: Kristin Marting Music Director: Samuel McCoy Reviewer: Maridee Slater In an age where the cognitive distance between humans and our screens is diminishing, it is inevitable that theatrical liveness and the definition of immersive theatre will deconstruct itself, re-examine its role, and (hopefully) take strides towards a new actionable interface. In ...

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Gingerline: Chambers – Secret Location, London

Writers: Davy Berryman and Lauren Partridge Reviewer: Ava Eldred Famed for their innovative immersive dining experiences, all taking place in the vicinity of stations on London’s Overground line, Gingerline’s latest instalment, Chambers, is a veritable feast for the senses, and certainly not for the passive experience seeker. The first rule of Gingerline is that participants must not reveal anything about ...

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Confetti and Chaos – Imagination Workshop, Edinburgh

Interactive Theatre International’s Confetti and Chaos is back at its spiritual home, smack bang in the middle of the madness of the Edinburgh Festival. The world’s worst wedding reception still has the ability to surprise and delight and it’s all down to the pin-sharp script and the enviable comedy acting and improvisation skills of its talented cast. The whole idea ...

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