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The Bloody Deed of 1857

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Clever, Entertaining

About the show

This new supernatural, immersive adventure explores an unsolved murder from 1850s New York and the restless ghosts it left behind. More…

Someone murdered Dr. Harvey Burdell on January 30th, 1857 in his New York City home. Minnie Seymour and Charlotte Worthington invite you to a séance to reveal the truth. This play journeys into the past and brings historic documents and actual witness testimony to life. You will meet the two ladies at the Southwest corner of Astor Place and Lafayette Street at 8 pm, and they will lead you to the secret, haunted parlor in the historic 19th-century Colonnade Row, where the Instruments of Darkness Tell Us Truths.

Member Reviews (11)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Clever, Entertaining
Avg Score

Dated, Dizzying, Intense

See it if Amatuer immersive theater is attractive to you, you like close quarters and intensive subject matter, and historical works.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate community theater level acting ie over-acting, very close quarters, action sometimes occurring at a dizzying pace.

Quirky, Resonant, Edgy, Dated, Clever

See it if You love ghost stories and local history, and want to experience an immersive evening with a small audience.

Don't see it if You're creeped out by being within arms length of the actors.

Claustrophobic, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched

See it if you absolutely love immersive theater and everything else is sold out.

Don't see it if you expect a professional show, this is community theater at best.

Also The show started out with such promise as we "discovered" the residenc... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if The acting was excellent and how the play was staged in one room, was exceptional. It was very entertaining, the actors made you a part of

Don't see it if Its a very intimate setting one large room and acing right in front and around you

Banal, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if If you've never seen immersive theatre before, you might enjoy the setup. But this is an awful execution of the form.

Don't see it if Trigger warning: this show features a rape and a forced abortion acted live in front of you, along with terrible acting & poor writing.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like a immersive theatre on the light side. The acting is great, the story true, and the lighting and sound very well done indeed.

Don't see it if If you want something along the lines of Sleep No More.

Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if ‘The Bloody Deed of 1857’ was my most unique, fascinating and enjoyable theatre experience of the recent years. From its intriguing...

Don't see it if If you are not adventurous, don't have a sense or humor or any intellectual curiosity.

Also ‘The Bloody Deed of 1857’ was my most unique, fascinating and enjoyabl... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You’re interested in the darker side of New York’s history, true crime mysteries, and the supernatural.

Don't see it if You get nervous in tight places or are afraid of the dark!

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like immersive theater. It's well written and the acting is excellent. The lighting and sound elements enhance the intriguing story.

Don't see it if you scare easily.

Great acting, Great writing, Enchanting, Absorbing, Must see

See it if See it because with all the craziness in the world seeing this play makes you feel like you are a part of the cast and the time period amazi

Don't see it if You can't just sit back and enjoy and let your mind go with it

During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you want to live a light immersive seance without going too deep.

Don't see it if you are afraid of spirits.

Also Cute immersive play, in a beautiful site specific street. The salon is... Read more Read less

September 21st, 2018
"The trial is long and grueling; it is here where the ambition of 'The Bloody Deed of 1857' falters...And after one too many shocking revelations, I longed for a space to stop and reflect, or simply catch my breath and take a break...However, in this intimate, up-close setting, there is also a ce...
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