Already closed | 2h 15m | Lower E Side

The Mortality Machine

From 25 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Confusing, Disappointing

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. More…

In 2014, five people died in an illegal medical experiment in a Canal Street basement. Before their families could learn what happened, the incident was covered up: buried under a mountain of legal procedures and sealed behind a web of police tape. No one knew how those five people came to participate in the experiment, or what they were doing; only that it cost them their lives. Some of their survivors moved on. Some fell apart. A handful kept fighting, and after five years, they’ve finally won the opportunity to unseal the laboratory, and learn what took their loved ones from them. 

Note: "
The Mortality Machine" contains depictions of medical procedures, death and grieving, partial nudity, mild sexuality, and profanity. It is not suitable for children under the age of 18.

2h 15m | Already closed | Wildrence (Lower E Side)

Member Reviews (25)


Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Confusing, Disappointing
Avg Score

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.

Also I saw this production at its final performance. I doubt that this site... Read more Read less

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.

Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Fun to meet various "characters" and hunt thru the lab for clues/pieces of the puzzle. Your group will have 1 of 4 possible endings.

Don't see it if Bit confusing to follow plot since so much is happening in different rooms at once. Didn't totally follow everything, but it's fun enough.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you are into role play. I am not but I was hopeful. Not much direction; you are expected to invent and act out the plot yourself.

Don't see it if role play is not your thing and even if you are, you need some hint as to what you are supposed to be doing for two hours.

Also This was a very new experience for me. I learned a new word: LARP. It ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Interactive, Challenging, Great staging

See it if you're curious what a Sense8/Escape The Room mashup would be like. Everyone has a role. Fun challenge. Macabre setting.

Don't see it if you're claustrophobic or have problems moving around. You prefer to watch, rather than BE, the action.

Also I love Escape the Room type of challenges, and MM delivered. Added to ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You enjoy anything para-normal related stories. You enjoy getting into character and connecting with other participants.

Don't see it if You are someone who dislikes stories that focus more on concrete details than atmosphere. You actively dislike any form of acting.

Also "The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and v... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Overrated

See it if you want to try your hand at Larping. The show relies on this, and in my opinion way too much. It needs lots of help.. Read more below..

Don't see it if If expecting an escape room, not even close. This was unique, but not fun. Needs a lot of work before I could recommend this to anyone.

Also I had high hopes for the show going in. I knew it would be interactive... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Epic, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you don't care about perfection in an immersive experience and want to live something different.

Don't see it if you are claustrophobic, the show is more psychological than visual.

Also "Sinking Sheep" is the best of 2018 and 2019 so far. Stars come and go... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You like an immersive experience that cast you in a mystery. Enjoy interacting with actors and armatures playing characters.

Don't see it if You wasn’t linear plot and full explanations of what is going on. If you are made uncomfortable easily as space is limited and dark.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you want to be a character in this immersive performance, you will be playing a part in the 'play' as you try to figure it all out (Read on)

Don't see it if you dislike immersive theatre or escape rooms at the best of times, this one has some issues, but is a unforgettable evening at least

Also Mortality machine mixes a bunch of already established techniques in o... Read more Read less

Creative & unique, You’re a character in the story, Fun & entertaining, Thought-provoking, Highly immersive

See it if you'd enjoy role playing, an escape room w/a narrative, or being an active part of the story. If you like very *interactive* immersive shows

Don't see it if you prefer the 4th wall. Don't like interacting w/others or pretending to be s'one else. Don't want the possibility of an unresolved ending.

Also Arrive early; pre-show preparation really helps you get in character &... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to play a character, like a mystery, and can tolerate chaos, confusion, limited access/communication and avante garde design.

Don't see it if If you are expecting an escape room, don't want to interact with others, or want access to all information in an organized approach.

Also Loved the characters backstories and motivations, the design, personal... Read more Read less

Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You like immersive work where you become part of the show.

Don't see it if You want a short night of theater, as this drags a bit. Also, if you don't want to be part of the show.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you're ok with an ambitious swing and a miss. Quite a lot of fun but as a coherent whole it doesn't really work.

Don't see it if you're look for something that coalesces into something substantial. You don't want to be an active participant.

Also The performers all come across as a well meaning bunch and it was easy... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Edgy, Intense

See it if you enjoy audience participating and being a character in a show that has escape room elements. Participation required!

Don't see it if You just want to sit and watch something. You don't like escape rooms or trying to figure things out.

Also Your experience will depend on who else is in the audience that night ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Ambitious, Edgy, Crowded, Disappointing

See it if you want to have an experience that's halfway between a game and an immersive theater night; you are interested in death/afterlife

Don't see it if you have never done any sort of live game before; you don't like crowded rooms; you want a clear narrative

Confusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You want an escape room style show and don't mind small spaces.

Don't see it if You want something that doesn't require you to interact or you can't let yourself go and immerse into the experience.

Also I enjoyed the concept, and at times it was entertaining. I'm not sure ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Original, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if If you enjoy both escape rooms, and immersive theater, and are interested in taking part in a combination of the two.

Don't see it if If you dislike chaos, want a linear plot, or don't want to play a part.

Also I think every performance will be different since most of what happens... Read more Read less

Confusing, Quirky, Edgy, Interactive, Clever

See it if you are adventurous and are willing to fully commit to role playing. The more you get into the story, the more fun you will have.

Don't see it if you have physical mobility issues or prefer more tradition, passive audience experiences.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you're interested in immersive productions with non-linear storylines and opportunities to be active participants.

Don't see it if You don't like intimate immersive shows where you're encouraged to participate actively.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You're ready to immerse yourself and ACT! You can only make this a fun time if you focus on being your character-- the puzzles come 2nd.

Don't see it if You're not into participation, you cannot suspend disbelief, or you don't want to be on your feet for two hours.

Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Absorbing, Dizzying

See it if you really like participating in the action. You will be very very involved. If you like chaos, ambiguity, and want to emotionally connect.

Don't see it if You like to be passively entertained, hate LARPing, don't do well in chaotic environments

Also This was an interesting experience and clearly a lot of work went into... Read more Read less

Terrible, worst immersive theater experience

See it if If you like role playing, solving puzzles and Escape room experiences. You are a big fan of immersive theater experiences.

Don't see it if Don't enjoy immersive theater and role playing. You are claustrophobic the 2 rooms are extremely small. Not worth the money to see this.

Also The play is unfinished and at the end of the experience you are not fu... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you like paying exorbitant prices for a disappointing escape room with low production values, this is for you!

Don't see it if You actually want an immersive theatre experience. This is a glorified escape room with no plot and no real ending. It's a mess.

Also The dance elements are nonsensical and don't tell me anything other th... Read more Read less

During previews
Unique, Immersive, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want more interactivity than Sleep No More. You are given your own character to play and experience the world through.

Don't see it if You have to know exactly what is going on. Even at the end, I was not fully clear on all implications until talking to designer afterwards.

Also At the door, you're told you should "be brave" and "vulnerable" can "F... Read more Read less

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....
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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 w...
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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 im...
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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 maintainin...
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