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The Trial of Typhoid Mary

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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16 reviews
 

Live In Theater presents this immersive and interactive production, where participants from the audience will play members of the defense, the prosecution, and jury in the infamous 1915 trial of Typhoid Mary.

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March 1915. New York City health officials have apprehended 45-year-old Mary Mallon, better known as “Typhoid Mary," for the second time after linking her to another typhoid fever outbreak. Mallon is accused of having infected 51 people with typhoid fever, three of whom have died.  This experience will transport participants into what would have been the controlled chaos of such a sensational case. They will delve into the inherent entertainment in high profile “trials of the century," while dissecting the case of the woman known at one time as the deadliest in the world. Come give Typhoid Mary the trial she never received.

 

Cast & Creatives (3)


Reviews (18)

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78
Avg Score

80
Stage Buddy

"A true time-travel experience. Every last actor is completely in character from the second their guests arrived to the second they leave...It is a clever game of chance, giving Mary the trial she never received in real life, several times over...This theatre company gives her back her humanity and the compassion she did not receive from her fellow New Yorkers while still alive, and it is a truly beautiful thing. Bravo!" Full Review

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Off Off Online

“The likable ensemble embraces the interactive format of the show, with each character improvising a good deal of their own dialogue...One strange and somewhat distracting choice, however, is the incorporation of audience cue cards...If there is more complexity behind Mallon’s choices or her unfair treatment by authorities, the production should frame that conflict more clearly...All in all, however, an enjoyable and unique way to spend a Saturday afternoon in NYC.” Full Review

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79
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80
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy small, interactive theater experience with lots of audience participation. You are interested in NYC history or Typhoid Mary.

Don't see it if You are not comfortable being approached by actors and other audience members or you do not want to participate any more than just watching.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You want a great immersive experience, enjoy court room drama and are willing to get stuck in!

Don't see it if You want traditional theatre, or everything to be done for you - you have to make the effort in this one to get the most out of it

55
Funny, Great acting, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you enjoy silliness, looking for something different &/or like to be apart of the show. The actors were great & very much in character.

Don't see it if The investigation, the scripted heckler and the audience becoming the prosecutors took away from the quality of the play.

79
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want to be "in the room where it happens". This is a participatory immersive historical fiction performance - actors, ringers and you!

Don't see it if you can't write with a pencil, you can't layer up or down with the temperature and you find it hard to hear speakers in noisy rooms.

Also This was the first performance. Seriously, my score represents somewhe... Read more Read less

70
Too long, Hit-or-miss, Interesting for awhile

See it if You enjoy immersive, improv work that depends heavily on audience participation to advance its story. Some of it works. Just long/repetitive

Don't see it if Hate this kind of show. Relying on skill of AUDIENCE members would make you cranky. You're claustrophobic, easily bored.

Also It's my own fault for deciding to see this as I am wary of forced audi... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy immersive theater with a talented troupe of actors. Even if you know the history of Typhoid Mary.you will entertained.

Don't see it if You don't like immersive.

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Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want an immersive thought provoking experience

Don't see it if You just want to sit back and not be engaged

70
Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You have an afternoon to kill & enjoy being part of the act. It's definitely interactive.

Don't see it if U are claustrophobic

75
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if See if you like to be surprised by a play.

Don't see it if If you like to just sit back and enjoy the good acting and story line.

80
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You like interactive performances, you appreciate historical re-enactments, you like unique experiences

Don't see it if You expect a straightforward play, you're shy and retiring

92
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if If you want to participate in the show.

Don't see it if If you want to just sit and watch.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy immersive theater and/or history.

Don't see it if You want a straight show. You don't want to be part of the action. You want lavish sets.

Also This has more both more of a plot than sleep no more, and more audienc... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if Yun enjoy the experience of fully immersive theatre and a, possible, differnt take on history. There is a great deal of improv in this show.

Don't see it if You prefer something by the books or something that has more of a script.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to have a unique theatre experience where you are an integral part of the action.

Don't see it if You don't like immersive theatre. You don't like plays about trials. You want something lighthearted. You only like musicals.

Also I really enjoyed being an integral part of the action. The show was ex... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like immersive, interactive theater; are not shy and are willing to ask questions; enjoy improv and role-playing

Don't see it if you prefer to simply be a spectator and not a participant; want a linear plot or are looking for a lavish production

Also I really enjoyed my experience at The Trial of Typhoid Mary, but the e... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You like participatory theater that involves an element of intellectual challenge; you're a public health history buff.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate the potential "unevenness" of having audience members cast alongside skilled actors in key roles in the drama.

Also While all audience members participate in the "investigative" part of ... Read more Read less