A few weeks ago, I found myself in the mid-city district of Los Angeles on a rather unusually cold and dreary evening. Upon arriving at the secret location, I made my way to a small outdoor seating area decked out with string lights and a fire pit ablaze and checked in for my designated appointment. Just as I gave the young woman my name, the skies opened up and rain poured down with thunder and lightning crashing all around us. A sudden storm had fallen upon Los Angeles which beautifully set the mood for what I was about to experience. A smile crept across my face as I stood in the rain and waited for Delusion’s THE BLUE BLADE to begin.
THE BLUE BLADE is the sixth interactive play put on by the insanely creative minds behind Delusion. The best way to describe their newest production would be if you combined the action and adventure of any Indiana Jones film with a design reminiscent of Labyrinth and a sprinkle of horror and intrigue set to the background theme of time traveling. Guests are given the opportunity to be fully immersed in an all-encompassing story centered on the retrieval of a rare artifact known as The Blue Blade. Once held for protection by a group of elite historians known as The Safeguard Society, the blade disappeared from their grasps at the hands of one of their own members, Professor Evelyn Lowell. With no other choice, and with the fate of time and space hanging in the balance, The Safeguard Society has chosen us to help locate Evelyn and The Blue Blade before it’s gone forever.
It goes without saying that any time Delusion puts on a show, audiences are going to be in for a real treat, and in the case of THE BLUE BLADE they once again did not disappoint. Taking place at an architecturally historic landmark used for live performances and theatre, parts of the building were transformed so as to mimic another time and place, whether that be past, present, or future. This was done in such a way that it was easy to forget everything that was happening in the outside world as you fell further and further down into the rabbit hole of mystery and intrigue. As I’ve mentioned in a lot of my reviews, design is very important to me, and Delusion, once again, did what they do best, which was blow my fucking mind. It’s been weeks since my experience ended yet I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out how they were able to pull off certain set scenarios and character designs. I really want to discuss one in general but since it is executed so brilliantly, I’d rather you all experience it, and trust me, when it happens you’ll know.
As for the story and the performances, I definitely felt engaged from the very beginning. The performers all played their roles flawlessly with no missteps that were noticeable by anyone in my group. As we transverse throughout the building, we were joined by different aids who helped in moving the narrative along as well as the experience. As the story went further, the stakes began to rise, as our search for the Blue Blade brought us into some dangerous territories with some dangerous folks, which ranged from historical to otherworldly and everything in-between. Throughout our entire journey though, we were always reminded of the importance of the Blue Blade and the consequences that could befall every one of us if it wasn’t recovered from Evelyn. There were even moments when we had to question the allegiance of those helping us, which made the experience feel that much more real, as the true nature of those that were trying to guide us along were revealed.
Though I’m partial to Delusion’s horror-based shows, I was still blown away by all that was accomplished with THE BLUE BLADE. The story was concise and easy to follow, the set design was exquisite with an insane amount of attention to detail, and the performances were believable and engaging, with the performers making sure all those who enter got the most out of their experience. Overall, THE BLUE BLADE is a show that must not be missed, and luckily for everyone reading this, it was just announced yesterday that it would be extending its run! (Details below). With that said, I would suggest not wasting any time and purchasing your tickets now because this show will most definitely sell out. What are you waiting for? Go to enterdelusion.com, purchase your ticket, and experience the adventure that will take you back in time to unravel the mystery of the Blue Blade!
Delusion’s THE BLUE BLADE will be extended this Spring from Thursday, February 14, 2019 - Sunday, June 30, 2019. Performances will take place every Thursday - Sunday with shows from 6:40pm - 11:40pm. Prices range from $95 to $115, depending on peak timing, for general admission. They will also have a VIP package which includes Blue Blade Prime Time Admission, Behind the Scenes VIP Tour, 2 Complimentary Drinks, Signed Blue Blade Poster, Discount Code for Delusion Official Merchandise, and Collectible Show Ticket. Pricing for the VIP package is $185 and tickets are only available for 8pm and 10pm.