The Mortality Machine
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The Mortality Machine

The Mortality Machine NYC Reviews and Tickets

(25 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (25)

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477 Reviews | 119 Followers
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. Read more

302 Reviews | 99 Followers
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. Read more

105 Reviews | 58 Followers
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. Read more

195 Reviews | 51 Followers
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. Read more

102 Reviews | 67 Followers
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. Read more

111 Reviews | 21 Followers
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. Read more

112 Reviews | 21 Followers
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.

56 Reviews | 58 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (6)

Theatre is Easy
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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Times Square Chronicles
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 seamless and quite beautiful...The the part that lacks.”
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Off Off Online
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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On Stage Blog
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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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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