Third Rail Projects presents a story of desire and death, a coming of age, and a search for the Fountain of Youth at the resort of the eternally brokenhearted in this 'Sleep No More' -like theatrical experience. More…
Set in the late 1970s becoming the 1980s, The Grand Paradise is a tropical resort that purports to be the home of the genuine Fountain of Youth, whose waters promise to quench our deepest longings. Greeted with a tropical drink, a garland of flowers, and an overly-cheerful activities director, visitors encounter the resort’s resident population: a rogue’s gallery of eccentrics, hustlers, eternal youths, gods, monsters, disco queens, and con men. Guests are invited to explore the resort and beaches, watch a floorshow, follow performers into one-on-one encounters, and trade their faded ideals for shiny new illusions.
See it if you seek "immersive theatre" with an original storyline. It's not very complex, but a clever, fun exploration of sex & the art of seduction.
Don't see it if you're a passive audience member or you seek deep meaning. More orderly than Sleep No More, slower than Then She Fell & flimsier than both.
See it if you like intimate theater one on one. The world of the Grand Paradise Resort creates and evokes memories of things that might have been.
Don't see it if you need to sit down to enjoy a show. There are place to sit but the full experience depends on you to interact with the performers.
See it if you like Sleep No More or Then She Fell
Don't see it if you have to be in control of your own experience and need to have linear plot
See it if You'd like an immersive experience at a tropical resort, and partaking in philosophical repertoire. You will feel welcome at every turn.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable being intimately touched by strangers, gratutitious nudity, or tire of repetitive exotic dance routines
See it if you like these kinds of things. This wasn't my favorite, but getting to essentially see a show no one else does is really cool.
Don't see it if this is not your kind of show or you can't walk around for a long time.
See it if You want to spend time in a lavish beach-and-grotto set watching interpretive/erotic dance routines and having "intimate" encounters
Don't see it if You want to identify with and care about the characters, or have a low tolerance for pretentiously empty New Age patter about...um....?
See it if you loved Then She Fell and don't mind there's no well-known story to follow. To enjoy, be patient (slow start), have a drink, & relax
Don't see it if you want value-for-money; this intimate show is pricey and has no real plot But we had fun, came out smiling & talking about our experiences
See it if You are 1 of 60 "guests" at a tropical resort in the 70's. The "play" is the experience and WTF interaction with the actors in various rooms
Don't see it if No real plot. Tons of interpretive dance and philosophical monologues. Need to be willing to explore & tolerate being touched/fed liquids
See it if You enjoy creativity on a grand scale, inventive theater, immersive experiences, a choose your own adventure. Have seen this show 3 times!
Don't see it if Being touched, nudity, alone in tight, dark spaces bother you.
See it if You enjoy the challenges and rewards of an immersive theater piece; questioning your time on Earth, destiny and freedom are all part of this
Don't see it if You can't stay on your feet long or only like conventional seated theater.
See it if You enjoy other immersive theatre. Grand Paradise is a meld of the Sleep No More and Then She Fell approaches with a lighter feel.
Don't see it if You don't like to be interacted with by performers or if you need a clear narrative, even in immersive theatre, to enjoy yourself.
See it if You like being pushed out of your comfort zone; if you like being led on an adventure.
Don't see it if You don't like people touching you who you don't know.
See it if you like immersive theater, heavily interpretive dance, zero plot, strange one-on-one encounters, and WTF moments (not good ones).
Don't see it if you don't like to be touched at the theater, you need a plot, you don't like being on your own, you want to be wowed.
See it if you love immersive theater, you have a particular fondness for the analog and 70's kitsch, you love Third Rail Projects.
Don't see it if you're timid about interacting with actors; you're uncomfortable with seeing a lot of sensuality, you don't love long dance sequences.
See it if you enjoy immersive theatre mixed with philosophical monologues. Unexpectedly deep while still managing to be fun - this piece is special.
Don't see it if frequent interactions with/being touched by actors turns you off, you don't want to think about your own mortality.
See it if You like immersive theater and/or modern dance. Or if you are into 70's nostalgia with an authentic feel -- particularly Fantasy Island.
Don't see it if You want clear plot or narrative, if you are afraid to be touched by a stranger or if you are looking for a 70s dance party (no disco here).
See it if You want to be immersed in a tropical paradise, interact with attractive actors and actresses, and not be intellectually challenged.
Don't see it if You're looking for any kind of plot, or deeper meaning, with your immersive theater experience.
See it if You love immersive theatre, & you've already done Sleep No More. It's a really interesting and different experience, w/ some really beauty.
Don't see it if You hate immersive theatre. Also, at 2h and $110/ticket, GP isn't as much "bang for your buck" as Sleep No More. But it's still cool!
See it if You like the ides of wandering from room to room, even if not much happens.
Don't see it if You prefer your theater with actual characters, and actual story. This drags a bit, and not much happens.
See it if you really enjoy interpretive dance and indulgent monologues with no plot. Enjoyable only for those really in to interpretative dance.
Don't see it if You want an immersive experience that feels coherent and has a plot
See it if you enjoy immersive theater, if you would have preferred Sleep No More with less violence and creepiness.
Don't see it if if audience interaction bugs you, or if you don't like being touched by strangers.