Already closed | 0h 55m | Midtown W

Paradiso: Chapter 1

From 17 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Clever, Intense, Absorbing, Confusing

About the show

Immersive theater pioneer Michael Counts created this unique experience, which marries escape-room entertainment with interactive theater. More…

Loosely inspired by 'The Divine Comedy,' 'PARADISO: Chapter 1' drops 10 audience members into a noir-styled, futuristic nightmare that they must navigate through. With a company of actors guiding the experience, 'PARADISO' features a narrative structure that makes audiences feel as if they have entered a world where the circumstances, characters, risks, and drama represent an immersive 'reality.' A multi-layered story unfolds complete with actors, 3D holographic projection technology, and special effects. From the team behind 'The Walking Dead Experience' and 'Play/Date.' Ages 13 and up only. Exact Midtown Manhattan location provided upon purchase of tickets. 

0h 55m | Already closed | Koreatown (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (17)


Ambitious, Clever, Intense, Absorbing, Confusing
Avg Score

Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You enjoy riddles and have a friend or two to join you.

Don't see it if You're claustrophobic or hated group projects in school.

Clever, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you never lived an escape room and want to live one.

Don't see it if you are claustrophobic and got desperate easily.

Also It was an experience for just me and my friend. The location is in a b... Read more Read less

Quirky, Ambitious, Thrilling

See it if you like escape rooms with production values. The actors are totally in their roles. Hints are therefore ore interesting.

Don't see it if you're looking for challenging escape room with very clever puzzles. The storyline is not entirely coherent.

Clever, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you like challenges and have done escape rooms before

Don't see it if you're expecting anything other than an immersive escape room but with a few actors

Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Confusing, Intense

See it if you enjoy riddles, puzzles and escape room fun, and have a friend or two to go with you

Don't see it if you don't like pressure, occasional jump scares, or the ever present sense of the clock ticking down....

Exhilarating, Terrifying, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense

See it if you want a fully immersive experience that is, frankly, rather scary at times. (Also gross!)

Don't see it if you don't like to be scared, want to sit and watch a show, or have never done an escape room.

Also I've done a lot of escape rooms, and this is certainly the most intens... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Refreshing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You like puzzles.

Don't see it if You don't want to move around and use your brain.

Dizzying, Interactive

See it if you have wondered about "escape rooms". This is more puzzle centric and great with small groups. Multiple rooms and a story to go through

Don't see it if you are looking for a "theater" experience.

Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Intense, Immersive

See it if You like immersive puzzles with a chilling storyline and a few intense but not necessarily scary thrills.

Don't see it if You want a stress free show that doesn't force you to solve puzzles. Also you have to interact with things.

Also I was the most terrified of the group lol.

Great staging, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see Cirque, at its best! The acts are thrilling & the story is entertaining. The main characters are award winning. Go see it!

Don't see it if You are not a Cirque fan or enjoy a large theater setting.

Absorbing, Clever, Disappointing, Audience-based

See it if you go with a group of people and enjoy spending time with

Don't see it if you get a random group of people and aren't getting along with them

Clever, Edgy, Intense, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You like immersive experiences You always wanted to be a spy

Don't see it if You're claustrophobic and hate puzzles You're epileptic

Entertaining, Confusing, Silly

See it if you're going with a group of friends and just want to have a silly fun time

Don't see it if you want high quality puzzles and a real opportunity to solve them, and/or you want characters and plot that makes sense

Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You've wanted to experience the game Portal in real life, you like solving puzzles and a little bit of suspense/pressure

Don't see it if You don't like being stressed, you don't like interacting with actors or strangers, you don't like small/dark/unpredictable spaces.

Also I consider myself an escape room fanatic, I've played them in many dif... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if you would like to be IMMERSED!

Don't see it if Want your typical theatre experience.

Clever, Dizzying, Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging

See it if you are looking for something different and inexplicable.

Don't see it if you want to sit and be entertained. Here you have to get involved.

Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Great staging

See it if You want to try something different, intense and mind puzzling. The Sound/Visual FX are great!

Don't see it if You get stressed easily, don't like complex puzzles. The experience was awesome. i'm skeptical with these things, but it was entertaining

July 25th, 2016
“An audience-participation experience that is part puzzle, part performance, part technological razzle-dazzle. What you get out of it will depend on what you put into it, and perhaps on whom you bring along...Mr. Counts has staged some extravaganzas in the past, but here he keeps things restraine...
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July 26th, 2016
"Experiential theater fans will feel harried, and escape room aficionados will likely not find the puzzle challenging enough. Still, it's a pretty fun adrenaline rush…As someone who enjoys exploring, I found myself frustrated by the time constraint...It's also hard to stop and listen to a charact...
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July 27th, 2016
"Some might find such an enterprise to be hopelessly silly, but I went with it. Think of it as a life-size, 3-D interactive game board -- or, even better, as the opportunity to star in your own B movie. The clues are genuinely puzzling and it took a fair amount of group cooperation...The overall ...
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August 6th, 2016
"'Paradiso: Chapter 1' takes immersive, participatory theater to a captivating whole new level — targeting escape-room enthusiasts. Freely borrowing from Dante, with a soupcon of Ridley Scott’s 'Blade Runner', 'Stranger Things' and 'Mr. Robot', 10 or less players band together and participate in ...
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