The Mortality Machine
Closed 2h 15m
The Mortality Machine

The Mortality Machine NYC Reviews and Tickets

(25 Reviews)
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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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Member Reviews (25)

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870 Reviews | 248 Followers
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.

677 Reviews | 189 Followers
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

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
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.

406 Reviews | 59 Followers
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. Read more

383 Reviews | 95 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 | 97 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

256 Reviews | 75 Followers
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. Read more

238 Reviews | 45 Followers
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.

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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