Journey Lab presents 'The Alving Estate,' an immersive, site-sympathetic theatrical experience adapted from Ibsen's 'Ghosts' and set in the 1950's where audiences are free to choose their own narrative.
Brought on as prospectively employed household help, the audience is adorned with surgical masks and white cotton gloves; they are launched into the center of a story where family, betrayal, and disease intersect. An intimate evening where struggles are made to keep secrets in and demons out.
"'The Alving Estate,' an intriguing and instructive if ultimately unsatisfying experiment…The elegant interior, with its large portrait paintings and narrow staircases, feels full of history and mystery..But the clever and ambitious conception of the 'Alving Estate' winds up in its execution being both too little and too much…It might have been wonderful to attend a more-or-less straightforward production of 'Ghosts' each scene staged in sequence in an appropriate room of the house."
"'The Alving Estate' suffers from an exuberant amount of execution woes. And it’s unfortunate because the potential is present...The main problem is there is not enough content to keep the evening moving. There is so much individualized/slightly choreographed moments to fill the dead beats. 'The Alving Estate' needs to either have less time in between beats or once the dialogue starts, it never stops, continually moving from moment to moment. "
"Though 'The Alving Estate' experience is not without its aesthetic shortcomings, it succeeds in convincing audiences that there are deep secrets hidden within the walls of this eerie mansion...Though 'The Alving Estate' is haunted by an existing aesthetic, it still manages to showcase the raw talent and latent creativity of Journey Lab, an immersive company to look out for in the future."