Immersive Experience: Shine On Collective Presents ECHO 1 / INSIDE MY SOUL

Immersive Experience: Shine On Collective Presents ECHO 1 / INSIDE MY SOUL

The air is stale and the fluorescent lights flicker as I walk through a motel parking lot trying to find my car. Once I see it, I make my way over and open the passenger door before sitting inside. The car is small and compact, almost claustrophobic even and I could feel the weight of my worries hanging over me. I am Victor Hamlin and this is the start of Echo 1 / Inside My Soul.

VR Experience: GHOSTBUSTERS: DIMENSION

VR Experience: GHOSTBUSTERS: DIMENSION

As an intern at Ghostbusters you've made your fair share of coffee runs but this time you have been given a special assignment. Pick up a double espresso, one sugar, and infiltrate the apartment building that, according to the PKE meter reading, has heightened ghost activity. You and three of your teammates are charged with investigating these psychokinetic energy readings. Don't mess up your first assignment!

VR Experience: NICODEMUS: DEMON OF EVANISHMENT

VR Experience: NICODEMUS: DEMON OF EVANISHMENT

VR haunted house? Where can I sign up? From the makers of the critically acclaimed Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, enter Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment a high intensity virtual reality experience taken place at a haunted fair. Based loosely on a true story of missing persons at 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, you are tasked with investigating their disappearance without being possessed by a rampant evil spirit.

SDCC Activation: THE MR. MERCEDES Experience

SDCC Activation: THE MR. MERCEDES Experience

Within the past year or so, studios have been working overtime to allow fans the chance to immerse themselves in the world of their creations. We've seen everything from It's Neibolt House to the complex sci-fi world of Ready Player One. However, while attending San Diego Comic-Con, I had the chance to step inside the world of one of my favorite television shows, MR. MERCEDES, based on the detective trilogy from horror master Stephen King. 

VR Experience: TERMINATOR SALVATION: FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE

VR Experience: TERMINATOR SALVATION: FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE

Judgment day has come to the Irvine Spectrum, with the first terminator themed virtual reality experience in Southern California. For the past 20 years, the beloved franchise has been tapping into our fears of technology outgrowing its usefulness with catastrophic results. Spaces: Theme Park and Attractions gives you the opportunity to rage against the machines and foil the terminators' plan for world domination. Your objective is simple: break into Skynet, disable the satellite and save the world. But there's a catch, you must undergo a reversible procedure and transform into a terminator in order to break in undetected. You and three of your teammates have 15 minutes to complete the mission. Do you have what it takes? 

Immersive Experience: The Count's Den Presents REMEMBER ME: ELIZABETH

Immersive Experience: The Count's Den Presents REMEMBER ME: ELIZABETH

There are few moments more terrifying in a human's life than those that forever alter how we think of ourselves. The moment when a boy is first called a man or a woman first learns she is pregnant, for instance, can spark an overwhelming rush of mixed emotions within us. We feel both excitement and fear, both joy and terror, all somehow in equal amounts and nearly paralyzing in their intensity. 

Immersive Experience: CoAct Productions Presents THE SIDESHOW

Immersive Experience: CoAct Productions Presents THE SIDESHOW

As a child, I have always been fascinated by history, especially American history. And one of my favorite eras to study as a child was the Great Depression because it was so fundamentally different from the life we lead now. However, there are a couple of things that have remained the same no matter how much time has passed - the need for entertainment and love. Using the entertaining allure of the traveling circus in the 1930s as a backdrop, CoAct ProductionsTHE SIDESHOW takes us through an intimate tale of love, betrayal, and - ultimately - forgiveness. 

Immersive Experience: The Speakeasy Society Presents THE KANSAS COLLECTION - THE VOW

Immersive Experience: The Speakeasy Society Presents THE KANSAS COLLECTION - THE VOW

I had never imagined that my simple journey to find food in this giant Dust Bowl of a state would turn into something more. After entering the tent that would send me down a new and terrifying road, my hunger erupted into joking folly. I was sent into a tent by a minutely irritated soldier where I would first meet Phoebe Daring, but someone else was biding their time until the moment was right to bring forth an introduction. That someone was Ozma and, upon our first meeting, I felt a kinship that could fuel me more than food ever could. 

Immersive Experience: #bedrUmplaI

Immersive Experience: #bedrUmplaI

What part of you do you keep at arms length? The part of you that is always yearning. The desires you can never seem to obtain. The part that is a constant struggle to accept. You find yourself locked outside of you a lot. Almost like your unconscious manifested into your reality, you find yourself standing on a street in Silver Lake locked out of your house again.

Immersive Experience: They Played Productions Presents CAPTIVATED: VICTORIA

Immersive Experience: They Played Productions Presents CAPTIVATED: VICTORIA

After what transpired at Victoria’s party between Victoria, Ely, and Justine, I became concerned. Even more so after a strange conspiracy theorist named Mike Stone had accosted us in a parking lot near Victoria’s apartment. Something wasn’t right and I couldn’t shake the feeling from my gut.

Immersive Theatre: Force of Nature Productions Presents FALLEN SAINTS: DARK

Immersive Theatre: Force of Nature Productions Presents FALLEN SAINTS: DARK

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I had the great pleasure of attending Fallen Saints: Dark by Force of Nature Productions and figured I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow theater enthusiasts.  To best describe the story, I will use my own plot summary

Immersive Pop-Up Event: Smallfoot Yeti Village for Warner Bros. SMALLFOOT

Immersive Pop-Up Event: Smallfoot Yeti Village for Warner Bros. SMALLFOOT

I had the great pleasure of attending the Smallfoot Yeti Village and I figured I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow pop-up enthusiasts. To best describe the experience, I will turn to the official press release

Immersive Pop-Up Event: The InkHole for THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

Immersive Pop-Up Event: The InkHole for THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

If you were to tell me a few weeks ago that I would be attending a secret speakeasy pop-up, hosted by a slew of R-rated puppets, I would have laughed. Fast forward to yesterday where I found myself in the heart of Hollywood outside an establishment called, The InkHole. I'm sure you are wondering, what do puppets have to do with any of this, well, I'm here to blow your mind, because what I was about to experience was a pop-up in conjunction with the upcoming comedy THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: THE MIDNIGHT MENAGERIE

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: THE MIDNIGHT MENAGERIE

If you gather up a gang of people that represent the worst of Hollywood’s stereotypes, throw in a murderous plot, and sprinkle everything with a dose of dark humor, you would have THE MIDNIGHT MENAGERIE

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: WHAT WENT WRONG

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: WHAT WENT WRONG

Shelby and Nick just broke up. They are confused, sad, angry, and hurt. How did something that started off so beautifully end up so horribly? Luckily, there is a solution: Closure Inc. is a new start up company that hires relationship analysts to review memories from newly broken up couples to determine where things went awry.

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Presents FRANKENSTEIN

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Presents FRANKENSTEIN

It starts with an invitation.  A simple enticement for us to step inside, see what has been developing.  We, being the good guests that we are, enter into the Doctor’s world and find ourselves plunged into a fever dream version of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN as presented by Zombie Joe’s Underground.

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: ONE LAST THING BEFORE YOU GO

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: ONE LAST THING BEFORE YOU GO

ONE LAST THING BEFORE YOU GO is a short, but emotional journey that will teach you about loss and grief with perhaps a dab of confusion. You are a newly departed spirit, wandering around with other lost souls just like you. But, as is sometimes the case, sometimes we are drawn away into something so much more than just ourselves. Unfortunately, because of the plot-heavy nature of the show, there isn’t too much I can reveal without ruining the many surprises that are in store. 

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: DOCTOR ZOMBA'S GHOST SHOW OF TERROR

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: DOCTOR ZOMBA'S GHOST SHOW OF TERROR

I had the great pleasure of attending the recent production Doctor Zomba’s Ghost Show of Terror for the Hollywood Fringe Festival and figured I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow theater enthusiasts.  To best describe the conceit, I will turn to the official press release

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: THE STUDY

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: THE STUDY

People are generally familiar with the concept of fight or flight. I’m going to give a bare bones description. When we are confronted with an uncomfortable situation that raises our hackles, our nervous system starts to send messages to our adrenals to start creating adrenaline i.e. stress hormones. This prompts the flight or fight response. Now what would happen if we were given the option to choose whether or not a person should fight or run away? MB Stage Productions seeks to answer that in THE STUDY.

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: GOD: THE APOLOGIES TOUR

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: GOD: THE APOLOGIES TOUR

Since the beginning of time, human beings have been mired in existential angst. Questioning their purpose, life after death, their creator, and the meaning of it all. GOD: THE APOLOGIES TOUR plays on this intrinsic human desire towards looking beyond earthly life and searching for meaning in the dark.