Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

WHO KILLED EDGAR ALLAN POE? - The Cooping Theory 1969

From 43 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the show

The Poseidon Theatre Company invites you to explore the world and words of Edgar Allan Poe in this multi-room immersive paranormal experience in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. More…

From the show:

This immersive experience is 21 + Valid ID is required to enter. There is a $25 Beverage/Food Minimum per guest.

The Year is 1969.

A new generation of the Poe Society hosts a cocktail party to commemorate the anniversary of the mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe.

You are invited to join the gathering.

The “meeting” begins. The room is smudged for protection.

An otherworldly Medium arrives to reach out to the spirit of Poe.

A Seance ensues.

The Seance goes awry!

The Society Members quickly usher you into separate rooms for your safety, as Poe’s spirit enters into the gathering…your adventure begins.

As the Poe Society seeks clues to Poe’s unresolved death, what they find out is their own terrifying truth.

What happens next?

Come find out for yourself.

Journey underground into a multi-room immersive paranormal experience in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.

Cocktails, Myth, Mystery, Murder…Ghosts

Experience the world and words of Edgar Allan Poe like you never have before.


"A Modern Day Edgar Allan Poe Story meets a 1960's Horror Movie"

2h 30m | Already closed | RPM Underground (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (43)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Absorbing
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Avg Score

75
Intense, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like horror, and Edgar Allan Poe, in that order. You're willing to ferret out pieces of the story by yourself

Don't see it if The relationships between the characters didn't seem to really matter. We are basically asked to bear witness to mass possession.

Also I can't say I didn't enjoy myself but I do think anyone looking for th... Read more Read less

77
Confusing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you love immersive theatre for its atmosphere, interactivity and settings.

Don't see it if you don't like ambiguity in immersive theatre and expect clear storytelling.

31
What the?, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if this is NOT theater. this is bad interactive performance art that is incoherent and annoying. a little poe didn't even go a long way

Don't see it if you don't want a normal theater experience that you can comprehend at the end!

25
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Your obsessed w/ Poe. You love novice acting. You want to see how not to do experiential or choose your own adventure theater.

Don't see it if Value your time. Value quality lighting. Value theater. Like to be scared Want to experience something different

Also I was at first very disappointed that after checking out. I was told e... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if If you like Poe, immersive plays. Very edgy in a nice space. Entertaining, especially if you like Poe.

Don't see it if 2.5 hours long walking around talking with actors is not for everyone.

During previews
25
Disorganized, Irritating, Shrill, Excruciating

See it if you're a huge Poe fan & want to hear some of his poetry & prose skillfully recited periodically between shrieking, wailing & convulsing.

Don't see it if u don't want to wander aimlessly through halls & doors & rooms in search of some meaning. [U don't stand a ghost of a chance of finding it.]

Also Clearly, the creators studied Sleep No More and Third Rail's immersive... Read more Read less

During previews
52
Uneven and repetitive, Interesting use of space, Disappointing, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you are open to a work that needs refinement - there are some good moments of interaction with actors and the space is interesting.

Don't see it if you expect a rewarding immersion experience - it's a lot of moving around when it gets going and the sounds drown out the actors quite often

During previews
60
Confusing, Edgy, Highly dramatic, Interesting venue, Well intentioned cast

See it if you enjoy interactive performances. The actors work hard to engage the audience. The space is interesting. The chicken wings are delicious.

Don't see it if you expect a complex theatrical experience. The first hour was mostly drinks and food. The remaining time was mostly dramatic poetryreadings

During previews
65
Alot of screaming and going from room to room, Love the music, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like Poe and not inspecting to much, just for funny.

Don't see it if If you want a full story, and really be part of a experience.

Also Underground has a lot of different room each design so great. You see ... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Fluffy, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You must attend all Poe related shows.

Don't see it if You expect any new insights or revelations on the Poe legend.

Also I attended the first preview. The actors knew their lines and played t... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Repetitive, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want something different. The space they used is amazing, but the show was disappointing. Acting was great, but repetitive. See if Fan.

Don't see it if have no interest in seeing people get possessed over and over again and tell stories that you have no interest in. Read more below..

Also I had high hopes for the show, but in the end was disappointed. The sp... Read more Read less

During previews
30
Not redeemable, Waste of time, Depressing, Disorganized, Boring

See it if you want a unique and kitschy experience in a midtown bar complete with alcoholic drinks. This will not be your usual “night out”.

Don't see it if you like immersive theater and you don't want the whole genre ruined for you. Screaming and twitching is not acting.

Also I should give them some slack since this was the first preview. It was... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Confusing, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like to be able to explore a play, like strong imagery and don't a mind some confusion and an unclear narrative or finale.

Don't see it if you just want to sit and watch, don't enjoy interacting with actors and role playing slightly. Are not interested in Poe.

Also Saw the first preview. I would say the biggest issue technically was t... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Confusing, Great acting

See it if You want to experience immersive play, the actors are superb

Don't see it if You want to see a story, or cannot take too much screaming

During previews
76
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like to drink and be involved with immersive theater and like edgar allen poe and dark subject matter

Don't see it if you want to be seated and want something light

During previews
70
Uneven, Immersive, Fun, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You are ready to be a part of an immersive show, you love Poe’s work and want to hear it delivered very well, you like creepy fun

Don't see it if Not ready to run around and take part in the experience, don’t like talking to actors or interacting, this is not quite Sleep No More

During previews
67
Interesting, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Monologue driven theatrical experience on your feet, following actors from space to space in search of the play.

Don't see it if You are a theatre traditionalist who wants to sit and be entertained. You are looking for a plot driven story that has a decisive ending.

Also Seen in preview, there is time for the production to find its volume l... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Entertaining, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you think the future is in the interactive theater. If you like being close and personal to feel your vis-à-vis joy and angst.

Don't see it if You'd rather have a 4th wall in the theater. If you expect Poe's theme - he's just used as pretext.

Also Actors are game and give it all to make you feel... I've actually have... Read more Read less

During previews
33
Insipid, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like experimental experiences and don’t mind paying a fortune between the admission and the minimum.

Don't see it if You hate not knowing what’s going on.

During previews
70
Confusing, Ambitious, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if If you love interactive theater in all its forms. The space is very cool.

Don't see it if You don't drink. (Don't get food here.) You want things to cohere or make sense. You mind waiting in line to pay afterward.

Also If you do see it, do not get food. You spend time eating while other p... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Overrated, Confusing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you don't need much of a story; are really into Poe and like watching scenes play out in interesting rooms; good (but loud) soundtrack.

Don't see it if you don't think you'll hit the $25 minimum. They will charge you $25 whether you order enough or not, and add gratuity on top.

During previews
30
Overrated, Indulgent, Insipid, Banal, Cliched

See it if you want to see anything related to Poe

Don't see it if dont like being able to follow along to a story due to loud background music or a plot that is mostly missing

Also The performance run time is 2 hour 30 but doesn't actually start until... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Banal, Ambitious, Great staging, Confusing

See it if You like site specific or immersive theatre, want to support small theatre companies, and checkout the very cool retro vibe space

Don't see it if You prefer to watch a show sitting down; mind a lot of screaming and shouting; don’t like a show without clear storylines.

During previews
62
Disappointing, Intense, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You don't mind not understand what's happening around you, or if you want to get drunk and have a great time.

Don't see it if You're looking for a linear story. The space doesn't work well (can hear karaoke from the next room).

During previews
78
Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like Edgar Allan Poe

Don't see it if You’re looking for something super serious


October 3rd, 2019
"An immersive psychological thriller kills with a stellar visual and audio design, but lacks coherence in the narrative. The participants are cast as the new members of The Poe Society and are invited to follow the characters through the labyrinth of Underground."
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September 17th, 2019
"The first hour is a mixer for the audience to get to know the characters…But once the séance goes awry, the show does too. The characters become possessed by spirits of Poe or his family …the characters are possessed, and, whether catatonic, cataleptic, psychotic or just plain frantic, are too m...
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September 11th, 2019
"As for the show, it may be 'the only story-driven, multi-room immersive experience in the heart of Times Square,' but as written by Nate Raven it is very thin on information about 19th century writer Poe…it is mainly participation in a séance…which is neither spooky nor scary."
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