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The Grand Paradise

From 74 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Enchanting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

About the show

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.

2h 0m | Already closed | The Grand Paradise (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (74)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Enchanting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Indulgent
76
Avg Score

81
Enchanting, Original, Seductive, Interactive, Clever

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.

85
Clever, Ambitious, Resonant, Original, Great staging

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.

60
Cliched, Entertaining, Edgy, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if Like the one-on-one interactive experience.

Don't see it if Don't want to be single-out. Looking for an actual story.

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Enchanting

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

79
Absorbing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

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.

82
Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

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

69
Intriguing, Great staging, Disappointing, Pretentious, Repetitive

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....?

75
Experience being inside an episode of the 70's tv show "fantasy island"

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

62
Confusing, Disappointing, Lush

See it if you are an immersive theatre junkie.

Don't see it if narrative is a necessity for you.

75
Entertaining, Original, Thought-provoking

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

100
Absorbing, Unique, Immersive, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see one of the best immersive plays in the history of theater.

Don't see it if you get scared or intimidated by one on one interaction in an immersive setting.

Also It is private, you live personal and erotic performances with the acto... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Enchanting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like immersive theater and hipster date night ideas

Don't see it if you don't like immersive theater

100
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Original, Edgy

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.

87
Clever, Enchanting, Original, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

90
Enchanting, Sensual, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intimate

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.

95
Ambitious, Enchanting, Intense, Must see, Thought-provoking

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.

50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Lackluster, Confusing, Uncomfortable

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.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Ambitious

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.

Also I loved this piece, maybe even more than Then She Fell. They did a rea... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Intense, Quirky, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

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.

75
Ambitious, Confusing, Slow

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.

90
Original, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

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).

81
Absorbing, Enchanting, Resonant, Could have been longer

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!

50
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Indulgent, Pretentious

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

72
Absorbing, Cliched, Original, Great staging, Ambitious

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.

68
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if you want an immersive show without having to navigate five flights of stairs, and the opportunity to have many one-on-ones with the cast

Don't see it if you're contemplating seeing this or 'Then She Fell' (go with the latter). GP's lack of a story drowns out the actor's choreography


January 31st, 2016
"'The Grand Paradise' the latest and lushest of the many immersive theater spectacles to set up camp in New York in recent years, traffics in instant nostalgia...The effect is of taking and remembering a wild vacation at the same time...Using the ’70s as a time frame turns out to have been an ins...
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February 2nd, 2016
"The piece is a captivatingly sensual interactive adventure. After an initial group welcome, you wander through a labyrinth of locations, immersed in a whirl of music, dance and ’70s atmospherics...The show’s running themes are love, death and the space where they meet, otherwise known as nostalg...
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January 31st, 2016
"'The Grand Paradise' is somewhat more structured than 'Sleep No More.'...During my two-hour stay, I caught (among other things) a dance party, a bar fight, and a young man dancing and disrobing on a beach...Some parts are more engaging than others. But on the whole, 'The Grand Paradise' is extre...
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February 8th, 2016
"As a piece of engineering, 'The Grand Paradise' is fairly impressive...But all this effort has resulted in a largely vacuous event...At least at a play -- a good one, anyway -- you get something to think about. 'The Grand Paradise' is rather like going to a party where the guest list consists of...
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