It’s 1977 and I’ve been invited to a party in Los Angeles that is hosted by sisters Sharon and Connie. We’re told that it’ll be a night of fun, with drinking, games, and discussions about the Equal Rights Amendment which is so very close to passing. As the night progresses, and the alcohol loosens everyone up, you start to notice some tension between the hosts and their friends, along with secret whispering behind closed doors. You find yourself at a crossroads: do you continue to mingle with the guests, pushing aside any notions that something could be off, or do you investigate and learn the truth of what this party really is?
SAFEHOUSE ‘77 is an immersive experience unlike anything I’ve encountered before. Let me first state that this is not horror-related in any way. You will not be tied up, gagged, or shoved into small compartments. This was definitely a departure from most performances I experience, but what SAFEHOUSE ‘77 offers is a brilliant storyline that encompasses all who participate in a way that appears to be done seamlessly. As for what SAFEHOUSE ‘77 is really about, well, I can’t go into too much detail, as I’m sure certain people are watching me and quite possibly tapping into my phone calls, but what I can say is this, the party you are going to is so much more than what it appears.
Since I don’t want to go too much into the story, let’s talk about the acting and presentation. The reason SAFEHOUSE ‘77 works so god damn well is because of the actors who are dedicated to maintaining their roles throughout the entire duration. I was lucky enough to have some one-on-one time with the mysterious character, Sonya (played exceptionally by Katelyn Schiller). As the show began to unfold, we find out that Sonya is the ex-girlfriend of Lucas (Terence Leclere) who is dating our lovely host, Sharon (played by Katie Rediger). However, this connection between these three goes much deeper than superficial dating, as I was soon to find out. My journey with Sonya brought me into the crosshairs of something much more dangerous and sinister, but I trusted her the entire time. I also had the chance to interact a lot with Lucas which was a fascinating experience as I got to see him turn into a much different person throughout the 2-½ hour timeframe. Lastly, I spent a lot of time with Connie (played by Karlie Blair) who was a firecracker with her stories, especially during the game "Never Have I Ever" and her insistence on trying everything and anything under the sun.
As someone whose day job is an interior designer I’m always critiquing set designs at experiences that I go to and SAFEHOUSE ‘77 brought their A game. I was blown away with what the creative team was able to do within the space. This experience is situated in a beautiful home in Los Angeles with an interior that is straight up from the 70’s but in an elegant, stylish way. From the curved couches, to the Ms. Magazines of that decades, to the use of pastel yellows, I felt as though I was fully immersed in the time period. Even the outfits worn by our new friends were straight from the 70’s with bell bottoms, flowery shirts, and colorful attire. When attending SAFEHOUSE ‘77, the creators want you to feel just as comfortable with your attire as they are so they urge you to do the same; I did not own any 70s clothes, but I appreciated the lengths that some people went to fit in with the theme.
I know I’ve been vague on the storyline and I’m sorry, but I promise you it’s because you will want to experience this for yourself. Also, I’m pretty sure if I were to go into the details about the classified knowledge I received I would be killed, and honestly, no one wants that, right? I will give you this one clue, if you are a fan of themes that include being a spy, you are going to be in for a real treat. What I loved about SAFEHOUSE ‘77 was that even though there was a precise story that we were following and a precise reason as to why we were there, the entire experience did feel like we were at a party. I had meaningful interactions with almost everyone at the event, from the actors to the guests, and it helped in putting me at ease so that I could experience the story as it unfolded organically. Even when everything was said and done, even after we were told what our reasons for being there was, even after some threats were given, I felt like I had made genuine friends.
Should you go to SAFEHOUSE ‘77? ABSOLUTELY. Whether you are looking for an immersive experience that is different from the horror themed ones that we all love or are just looking for something new to do with friends, SAFEHOUSE ‘77 is exactly where you should go. With this event being their first one I can only imagine what the entire team will accomplish in the coming months/years. SAFEHOUSE ‘77 will be running from now until April 1st and tickets cost $105 (and it’s worth every penny, believe me). Thank you to the creators and actors for putting on such a impressive show and to Sonya for being the best god damn amoeba there ever was. All in all, you'll want to get tickets before they sell out, as this is an event you will not want to miss!