Open run | 1h 15m | Midtown W

That Inventions Show

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Clever, Intelligent

About the show

(On hiatus until 4/11) From the team behind the long-running "That Physics Show" and "That Chemistry Show" comes this new show tracing the history of inventions from 1850 to the present. Includes hands-on demonstrations. More…

Created by and featuring Denny Daniels in association with The Museum of Interesting Things, the production will explore the first sound recordings, early projections and film, steam engines, telephones, ingenious toys, and a multitude of other electric, electronic, and mechanical inventions that have led to our current world.

Member Reviews (22)


Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Clever, Intelligent
Avg Score

Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, For the kids, Upbeat

See it if You are really into gadgets and how they work or have some young kids you want to entertain. Very fun, hands on learning. I learned things.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be surrounded by children. This is like a child’s birthday party atmosphere rather than theatre.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Slow, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you want exposure to a few early inventions and their connection to today's technology. Good display of objects and great for kids.

Don't see it if you want an adult paced show: kids shouting, long walk thrus in the audience, repetition due to interruptions, lighting issues, photo taking

Also Should consider preparing two versions of this show: one for adults an... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny, Quirky, Slow

See it if you have children to entertain. The latest in this science based series invites the audience to recognize themselves as potential inventors.

Don't see it if parental photo ops annoy you. While children delight in participating, adults behave badly holding up cell phones to record them in action

Funny, Educational, Entertaining, Fun, Slow

See it if You want to see an educational show where you can actually learn something!

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional-style performance; this is a presentation show with one person simply demonstrating/explaining objects.


See it if You want an interesting history of some of our most important inventions presented by a passionate collector.

Don't see it if You're annoyed by the children's birthday party vibe of the venue and awkward audience participation - would definitely be better for adults

Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You want to find out where our modern devises came fromVery interesting & educational for adults & kidsGreat information to conversate with

Don't see it if If not interested in learning about how things were invented & see objects from eons ago. Do not enjoy kids in an audience

Intelligent, Curious, Not a show, Poorly designed, Thought-provoking

See it if you are curious about old inventions (duh), but don't expect a show in any sense of the word. No flow, no transitions, no story.

Don't see it if you aren't up for a poorly designed show. This isn't a show in any sense of the word. A number of old inventions are shown and discussed.

Also This has so much potential, but either it was the narrator's bad day, ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a family friendly show.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in a hands-on show about inventions made eons ago which are relevant for/predecessors of things we use today.

Don't see it if you don't care about old technological inventions and how they work.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like to learn about the technologies of the past, like museums and want to bring a child...very short

Don't see it if You are interested in a full length intelligent production

Intelligent, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You want to see a slightly disjointed unorganized explanation of some interesting inventions.

Don't see it if You are an adult and aren't interested in seeing a show that is really completely geared to children.

Indulgent, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in inventions. If you want to watch someone talk about his “stuff” for 70 minutes.

Don't see it if You want something with a plot, Music, or anything resembling “theater”. You don’t mind listening to 1st hand experiences and tangents.

Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Quirky, Dated

See it if you have a kid in tow. It's excruciatingly boring for the adults.

Don't see it if you actually want a coherent and meaningless play on inventions and/or history of inventions.

Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you are curious to see a walk through of how several everyday objects worked, tracing back to their origins and historical context.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional plays/musicals. Show feels more suited for a museum talk, at 45 minutes it felt a little short.

Intelligent, Slow

See it if Ever wonder how modern cell phones were invented and what else got invented along the way. This is a hands-on show and kids will love it.

Don't see it if Don't expect dramatic, loud turns as it is in the physics show. But this is OK as well, lots of good hearted humor and laughs.

A quirky science show!

See it if You love "The Way Things Work" or have curious kids. An enjoyable companion to That Physics Show.

Don't see it if You are looking for something mind-blowing, or if your kids have hit jaded teenager age--the target kid audience is probably about 4-12.

Also While I didn't love this one as much as That Physics Show (it moves sl... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Quirky

See it if you appreciate history of science presented in a fun way and need something fun to do with your older teenagers.

Don't see it if you're bringing very young children as they won't be able to relate to some of the objects.

Slow, Quirky

See it if You are interested in the history of inventions such as the phonograph or cell phone. You have a child between 6 and 10 years old with you

Don't see it if You mind having kids talk the whole time this is not a show for adults. It is 45 minutes and was really better suited as a museum exhibit.

Clever, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to know the history of everything

Don't see it if you are easily distracted

Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Clever

See it if You like super fun and scientific show for both adults and kids. A traveling museum of old inventions you can touch and great narrations!

Don't see it if You're expecting a storyline and fictional characters. This is storytelling through the fascinating objects decades to hundreds years old.

Absorbing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You have curious children who enjoy learning about the world around them and how inventors have wok to improve the lot of humanity.

Don't see it if You are looking for a sit-back and relax and be entertained kind of experience. It's an interactive show.

Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you like old things and how they worked.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained, the presentation is junior high school level, no connections are made to show why these inventions are important

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