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.
“’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!" Full Review
"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..” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if You're open to new and experimental forms of theater and enjoy taking on risks and challenges in the name of exploration.
Don't see it if You prefer to be spoon-fed answers, don't like to engage with others, or think this is an escape room.
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