Top Secret International (State 1)
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Top Secret International (State 1)

Top Secret International (State 1) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(4 Reviews)
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Clever, Resonant, Ambitious, Relevant, Clever concept

About the Show

Rimini Protokoll presents the US premiere of this algorithmic-based interactive theater experience in the Brooklyn Museum. Part of the Public Theater's Under the Radar festival.

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Member Reviews (4)

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105 Reviews | 58 Followers
Ambitious, Inventive, Uneven, Technical glitches, Clever concept

See it if you like experimental or self-guided theater, esp that which tries to use technology in new & different ways. You like wandering in museums.

Don't see it if you're expecting a cohesive story or journey, want to interact w/others (it's more a solo experience), or are bothered by technical glitches Read more

754 Reviews | 126 Followers
Clever, Resonant, Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like the Brooklyn Museum & are willing to follow in paranoid directions like see who is noticing you, walk in circles, write your fears.

Don't see it if you object to 90 minutes in headphones that are subject to frequant tech issues. Entering required standing on 3 lines for over 30 minutes.

44 Reviews | 10 Followers
Disappointing, Overrated, Banal

See it if you've never been to something like this (experiential theatre)

Don't see it if you have been to any experiential theatre as this just doesn't cut it - quite disappointing

19 Reviews | 12 Followers
Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like immersive/participatory theater, especially formally distinctive work; you have a strong interest in intelligence/espionage.

Don't see it if you don't like theater in which actors aren't performing for you; you don't have the patience for technical bugs now and then. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

The New York Times
January 9th, 2017

"Technology is too often a gimmick, but in 'Top Secret,' technology is the show’s mode of delivery and its subject. And, as so often happens in real life, technology was the bane of my experience, with numerous glitches...The most compelling part of the show is the way it turns audience members into actors—a staple of thrillers in which a clueless bystander is suddenly thrown into a crazy plot. But the shenanigans here are more sedate, like trying to pass on a note to another would-be spy."
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The Huffington Post
January 13th, 2017

"Feels rather disorganized, with interviews playing in your head while you’re remembering where to walk to next, interrupted by brief cursory dealings with the art around you. None of it coheres into anything more than a vaguely intelligent rambling discussion of high-tech surveillance...Yes, it’s a confusing mess, though not a boring one...The experience of jumbling all these ideas while guiding the audience through various steps was not a satisfying one as play or intellectual exercise."
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January 10th, 2017

"An ambitious new form of documentary theater…The metatheatrical marvel of this show is that it processes you as you process the Egyptian artifacts on display…Your mission as a spy is a pretense, meant to engage you in the play’s documentary materials. And it’s a deviously smart ploy. By teaching its participants to think like a spy, 'Top Secret' hopes to untangle the covert tactics of the international intelligence community."
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