Closed 2h 15m
The Mortality Machine
Lower E Side
72

The Mortality Machine NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(25 Reviews)
Positive
72%
Mixed
24%
Negative
4%
Members say
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Confusing, Absorbing

About the Show

In this immersive theater experience, you play the role of the survivor of an illegal medical experiment who must solve the mystery of your loved one's death, and confront your own attitudes about mortality and loss.

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Member Reviews (25)

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50
Mildly entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious-ish, Poorly executed

See it if you enjoy escape rooms, murder-mystery parties, choose-your-own-adventure and LARPing.

Don't see it if you are a fan of such superior immersive theatre pieces as Sleep No More and Then She Fell; you don't like to participate in role-play. Read more

72
Intense, Quirky, Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You want a full immersive experience from the time you enter as you are a character in this play that includes interaction and deduction.

Don't see it if you only want to watch the action or if you are squeamish about death, experimentation or psychological issues. Not for the claustrophobic.

Critic Reviews (6)

January 15th, 2019

"Hats off to the successful design of the visitor’s badge, which allows you to address people and have your backstory handy at all times...Author Ryan Hart is inventive when it comes to triggering emotional responses and seamlessly intertwining them into the process of the underground lab search...'The Mortality Machine' promises something for everybody...With some bumps and imbalances, 'The Mortality Machine' is still a notable experiment in the field of interactive theatre."
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January 15th, 2019

“An immersive theatrical experience...With live-action role play, dance and solving the crime, you are asked to submerge yourself into the experience...Though the experience was fun, you never really find out the answers to anything. We never really solve the mystery...I wanted to know more...I wanted answers...The cast...are all talented...The dance portion choreography...is seamless and quite beautiful...The script...is the part that lacks.”
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January 22nd, 2019

"Part of the mystery for the playgoer is who else has bought a ticket and who’s being paid to act...The creative team has dreamed up vivid characters..Schumacher aimed to cross the boundary between life and death, so it’s not a spoiler to mention that the authors invite the audience to take an imaginative step across that line in order to rendezvous with the missing characters. That’s when 'The Morality Machine' becomes fanciful and really interesting..”
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January 19th, 2019

"What makes 'The Mortality Machine' stand out from some of the other immersive experiences in New York City is the active participation it requires from it’s audience...Without giving too much away, as this is an experience full of mystery and surprises, the cast did a wonderful job of maintaining the world that you are thrust into...If you go in ready to become someone else for a night and embrace whatever is thrown at you, you will most likely have a great time."
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January 15th, 2019

“’The Mortality Machine’ resurrects itself with great success...This is not ordinary theater! It is a theatrical roller-coaster of experiential drama that immerses you in the world of the play and you...can make your own decisions that affect everything. It’s astonishing what the cast and crew accomplishes in the little space they have to work with...It’s unbelievable fun when you allow yourself to surrender to the world they create...A theatrical role playing event that I will not soon forget!"
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N
January 15th, 2019

“Sinking Ship Creations’ ambitious new experience never quite gets going...The production as a whole seemed incomplete...’The Mortality Machine’s’ plot felt like the great first half of an unfinished play...Given what the show is asking audiences to do — solve puzzles, play characters, investigate a crime, and sometimes even do improvised dance — the payoffs need to be worth each participant’s emotional and time commitment. Otherwise, it’s just a quest with no grail.”
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