Already closed | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Curiousities: An Immersive Theatre Experience

From 83 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining

About the show

Deaths Head Theatrical presents an immersive theater piece set in an illegal 1930s sideshow. More…

It's 1936. The country is slowly finding itself again following the Great Depression. Once a ubiquitous (and illicit) distraction from life’s hardships, the carnival sideshow has found itself dwindling in popularity. But not everybody can afford to forget the lives of those on the fringes. Professor Mysterium invites you to relive the wonder and spectacle of his old-school curiosities in modern-day Midtown Manhattan. VIP seats include front of the line access, a reserved table for the floor show, and a toast with the Professor himself. Audience members are encouraged to come in 1930s attire. Ages 18 and up.

2h 0m | Already closed | Elektra Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (83)


Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining
Avg Score


See it if you enjoy poorly performed cabaret style, freak/sideshow, burlesque acts. None of them done well or with any heart or anything interesting.

Don't see it if just don't see it! I always try to find SOMETHING positive to say but the best I can do with this show is that the band isn't awful.

Banal, Amateur, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you want to see a charming emcee introduce mediocre (at best) burlesque acts; you're prepared for a low-rent, barely-immersive experience.

Don't see it if you expect an imaginative interactive event a la Sleep No More or Then She Fell. [This lacks originality, cohesion, intelligence & talent.]

Also If you go... Don't buy the punch! It is way overpriced and undrinkable... Read more Read less

Intense, Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever

See it if you enjoy burlesque, but know the real show is not on stage. Its the characters coming to you to gossip & whisper sad stories in your ear.

Don't see it if you find interactive theater intrusive. The building where it is staged is being renovated which works as a setting but is disconcerting.

Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Raunchy, Slow

See it if You know someone in the cast or you have been well forewarned that you need to be willing to force interaction with the performers!

Don't see it if You aren't the type of person to take the initiative to talk to the performers. If you aren't you could be stuck sitting at your table.

Also This is like a bad "escape the room" game. If you don't know what to s... Read more Read less

Cabaret burlesque not sideshow, Millenials trying on another era, Sense of menace/danger missing, Impending murdermystery format, Immersive = wrong word

See it if Slumming in another era is your jam, enjoy tepid burlesque in a tatty atmosphere

Don't see it if dislike semi "immersive" theatre events, audience participation gives you the willies, you have standards for cabaret & burlesque

Confusing, Excruciating, Slow, Poorly executed

See it if you have very low expectations and might enjoy jazz and burlesque or want to go to support someone in the production

Don't see it if you love immersive shows like Sleep No More and expect this to be a low-budget version—it's nothing like that

Raunchy, Slow, Bizarre, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you're outgoing and enjoy experimental work. See this if you like choosing your own adventure.

Don't see it if you've been to Sleep No More or a similar immersive experience. Skip this if you hate forced interactions or overpriced drinks.

Also Whenever I was pulled out of a room by one of the performers, I felt l... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Fun, Clever, Quirky, Sexy

See it if you have or can keep an open mind and just go with the experience; it really will take you out of Manhattan for an amusing 2 hours.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional play, clear storyline, structure or anything linear; if you can't just be in the moment.

Also Sure, there’s always an element of costumed re-creation when audience ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Raunchy, Overrated

See it if You'd like a faux-Burlesque/cabaret show, but not nearly as good. The "acts," although excruciating were too short to have any impact.

Don't see it if Want an immersive show, as advertised. These actors really try, but the material/acts are dry, predictable, boring, and unrealistic.

Slow, Unrealized potential, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You are ok with a decent jazz band and some sad burlesque acts.

Don't see it if You expect immersive theatre. The staff often congregated in small groups and gossiped among themselves, rather than interacting w/ patrons.

Also I was told to sit closer to the bar because my seat in the back was "t... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Should have been better

See it if you are an adventurous theater-goer; like spooky,candlelit,decrepit venues; like off beat shows,tolerate mediocre "Coney Island" performers

Don't see it if a firetrap theater, a private scene with an actor & a sad sack, affectless band would bother you

Also I kept thinking how this show could be improved with a little more eff... Read more Read less

Definitely not "immersive"

See it if If you are not really looking for an immersive experience.. it's more of a low-budge representation of 1930's burlesque.

Don't see it if If you are looking for more than a passive viewing, semi-amateurish, theater experience.

Also It's hard to be impressed with contortionists and jugglers of this cal... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Quirky

See it if you like seeing a variety of short acts (singing, burlesque, boylesque) in a hipster bar setting with a lot of pauses between acts.

Don't see it if you don't like short (less than 5 min long each) acts, don't drink, want much of a story/plot, or want high quality immersive theater.

Also With low expectations, this could be a mildly entertaining evening out... Read more Read less

Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if You're looking at this space to rent it. Otherwise do not go see this show. Absolutely awful. Juvenile & boring acts. You are held hostage.

Don't see it if They collect your stuff-was full so friend had 2 keep bags (NO ONE WAS GUARDING THEM W/A PEEPSHOW THRU THE OPEN DOOR) Rude young people who

Also Twice pressed me to get a drink-I went & they wanted money (I didnt ha... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if You want flitting moments of entertainment that never coalesce. You want immersive theatre that doesn't involve much effort or reward

Don't see it if You're a big fan of the better similar fare (sleep no more,then she fell, etc), this will leave you cold and confused.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like a really dull time with rather lackluster performers.

Don't see it if you are looking for a talented group of performers

Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you have an open mind and some time to kill. Also if you like burlesque style acts with a hint of sideshow.

Don't see it if you expect perfection, a clear storyline, and a conclusion that makes sense.

Also Some of the performers were good and their interactions fun/interestin... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Masterful, Original, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in an immersive experience and can get out of your comfort zone.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with vulnerability or want traditional theater

Also Go alone! It helps you experience it more!

Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like variety shows with terrible acts.

Don't see it if you're expecting immersive theater (as it is billed). It's just a painful variety show where they keep pressing you to buy drinks.

Excruciating, Boring, Rude, Amateur

See it if ... I can't recommend this. It's not immersive, not interesting, not well-done, not entertaining. (Details below.)

Don't see it if ... We tried to stick it out, but after an hour my friend and I left early. We weren't the only ones.

Also It's an amateur cabaret where every so often a cast member will ask yo... Read more Read less

Amateur, Delusional

See it if You know someone in the cast. Several are actually talented and the emcee is delightful, but the whole is significantly less than its parts

Don't see it if You know someone in the cast and would be honest with them. Heavy haze effects used. Terrible overpriced punch. Location is not accessible

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if your friend is in the show and you have to go.

Don't see it if you want to see theatre. It's definitely not immersive. The material makes no efforts to explain story. It's not even burlesque.

Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you'd like to visit a 1930's underground speakeasy style bar with sideshow themed vignettes. Or if you love all forms of burlesque.

Don't see it if you're looking for an immersive theatrical experience with an engaging plot.

Banal, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want to support theatre and young artists

Don't see it if You want any semblance of an entertaining night out. Or are expecting anything like Sleep No More

Confusing, Disappointing, Raunchy, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You want to listen to some jazz in an off- beat setting with mediocre burlesque act. Did not experience immersive theater.

Don't see it if You are expecting top notch entertainment. This was amateurish.

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