It was a night with a nearly full moon. That was probably the first sign that something was going to go wrong that night. But we chose to ignore it as we all stood lined up outside of the dance studio, waiting for someone to come down to fetch us. It wasn’t long until a young mysterious woman came down, individually selecting us in an order none of us could really comprehend. When it came to be my turn to venture up the stairs, I hesitated. It was dark with just the barest hint of candles to light my path. But I pushed myself forward and eventually was led into a room fit for a ritual. Soon it was time. Time to INVOKE.
I will be honest. I do not have much experience with either VR or escape rooms. I have a basic idea of what each element consists of, but I have generally tried to steer clear of both due to my own preconceptions of both mediums of entertainment. VR can be very overwhelming for me and I am generally put off by the idea of large groups solving puzzles together, which makes escape rooms a bit less fun for me to experiment with. However, despite all of this, I found the WAX HOUSE: THE LEGEND OF JACK THE RIPPER to be quiet fun and enjoyable with just a few glitches here and there.
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.
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 Productions’ THE SIDESHOW takes us through an intimate tale of love, betrayal, and - ultimately - forgiveness.
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.
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.
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.
As a first-timer to Fringe Festival, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had heard from many Fringe veterans that this year’s selection of immersive entertainment was more plentiful. It seemed that more theatre groups were taking the chance to experiment with the particular genre of performance. THE WITNESSING is one such immersive theatre experience this year at Fringe and is a great starting point for beginners to the world of immersion.