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The Wild Party (Illumination Act)

Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Raunchy, Absorbing
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Illumination Act presents this immersive staging of Andrew Lippa’s racy and decadent 1920s-set musical drama, where the audience is interspersed amongst the action.

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Based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 poem of the same name, 'The Wild Party' features characters Queenie and Burrs, a romantic duo as volatile as they are passionate. Queenie hosts a party at her apartment to reignite the fire in their relationship. The guest list includes a pugilist, a prostitute, a slick producer, twins equal parts flamboyant and incestuous, among others. This raucous group makes liberal use of bootlegged alcohol, cocaine, and sultry dancing as tensions overheat and the party descends into bacchanalia. Included with ticket purchases are free drink tokens which may be redeemed at the venue for cocktails and refreshments. This musical is intended for mature audiences. 

 

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75
Fun, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like the music--the cast is great. An excellent off-off-Broadway production that's performed all around the audience in cabaret seating

Don't see it if you don't like being close to the action or coming far into Brooklyn. Also, the show seemed a bit longer here than I remember it being.

78
Ambitious, Interesting, Entertaining, Overly long

See it if You're a fan of the Lippa version and want to see it staged live albeit not by the best singers.

Don't see it if You can't sit in uncomfortable chairs for almost 3 hours or you find outer parts of Brooklyn daunting.

Also Last night there was an understudy for Queenie which didn't quite set ... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you enjoy atmospheric theater, big musicals up close, jazz-age material, good choreography performed well, young talented singers.

Don't see it if you're nervous by actors up close, aren't a fan of the material, need strong plot or character development, need dynamic or elegant staging.

Also This is a great night out: fun atmosphere, good drinks, skilled perfor... Read more Read less

55
Banal, Slow

See it if You want the drink included in admission. A few high energy dance numbers

Don't see it if Poor blocking and sightlines, blinding spotlights, amateurish, just under 3 hours and WAY too long. Hard to follow plot

91
Absorbing, Raunchy, Great writing, Great music, Great singing

See it if You want to sip cocktails and watch a jazz era party spiral out of control in rhyming dialogue and song.

Don't see it if you don't know the source material, or will be irritated by not being able to hear or see every scene, depending on your seat & the mic'ing.

93
Exquisite, Masterful, Resonant, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Immersive to the max, choreography to the nth degree, deliciously dangerous and voices that reach into your bones (& strong drinks)

Don't see it if You can't take 2 1/2 hours (1 intermission) in a folding chair

Also Sound problems have been worked out. This is an exuberant version of a... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Intense moments

See it if you want more than your money's worth for an off-off bway musical complete w/costumes, live band, big cast, free drink-the whole enchilada!

Don't see it if you can't go to Brooklyn- but it is worth the trip, the time and the cost, unless if you don't like period musical esp. in open stage style.

Also It is ambitious and promising, should deserve a run in a Manhattan the... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Raunchy, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you like musicals in an intimate setting, having actors perform all around you, and/or young theater makers trying to create something new.

Don't see it if you want a light-hearted fun or don't like strong sexual themes. No matter where you sit you'll be blinded by spotlights at times.

Also I saw a final dress rehearsal. Sound levels were very uneven due to mi... Read more Read less

73
Still working out the kinks

See it if Your good with trekking out to Brooklyn... good vocal talent and live band.. still working through sound levels and mic feedback issues

Don't see it if The story is not particularly engaging & songs were all pretty similar--most did not advance the plot. Waaaaaay too long at 2.5 hr run time

69
Exquisite, Quirky, Raunchy, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like the music of this show; if you want a cool party experience in a loft.

Don't see it if You need comfortable seats; If you need to hear the music/singing properly... Sound was no good.

Also This was a very "amateurish" production. I've been to many shows, in N... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Intense, Raunchy, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like well written original songs with strong voices and powerful dance numbers. The 1920s house party came alive in this immersive show.

Don't see it if This is a passionate show but not a perfect one. The volunm of the band overpowers the singing at times and the spotlights can be glaring.

84
Captivating, Absorbing, Delightful, Immersive

See it if you like the 1920s, party scenes, all things "taboo", queer-inclusive stories, or even just some great songs.

Don't see it if you're offended by promiscuity or dislike interactive theatre. If you struggle to hear shows well plan ahead and ask staff about options.

84
Entertaining, Great singing, Great choreography

See it if You like intimate, musical theatre that is sexy, saucy and turns intense as the party heats up.

Don't see it if You can't stand uneven sound levels. You don't like trekking into BK. You don't like musicals.

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You enjoy immersive theatre and interacting with actors in character.

Don't see it if You prefer to be disconnected to a show or won’t interact with actors.

Also The show was a good watch. What it lacked in direction, it made up in ... Read more Read less

75
Raunchy, Great costumes, Great singing, Immersive theater, Free cocktail with purchase!

See it if You like Chicago or Cabaret

Don't see it if You need a happy, silly, upbeat musical

Also **I saw a final dress rehearsal**... Read more Read less

58
Quirky, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great staging

See it if You are ok with status quo singing and acting.

Don't see it if Hate musicals and want a show with good choreography.

40
Disappointing, Excruciating, Great singing

See it if You like very amateur theater

Don't see it if You can’t strain your neck to see action around you. Or if you can’t stand bad acting. Or if things like “acoustics” matter to you.

80
Raunchy, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You like jazz, risque, Chicagoesque entertaining show featuring great singing, dancing and fun, sexy spectacle.

Don't see it if You want tons of depth. While the storyline isn't light, it's a little superficial & repetitive. Some good moments and the 2nd act zips more

83
Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want to be absorbed by the party happening around the room. Great singing and good plot.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Raunchy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love a unique thater experience not just sitting in your seats watching. This performance lives around you!!

Don't see it if You don't like the music or seeing a show in a small space!

75
Edgy, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Innovative

See it if you like innovative staging, if you want to pretend you're at a crazy 1920s era party, and of course, if you're already a fan of the music!

Don't see it if immersive theater makes you uncomfortable, if you don't want to trek out to Brooklyn

Also I really enjoyed this show, but the sound could definitely use some wo... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Intense, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You like: - immersive/intimate theatre - edgy musicals - the 20s

Don't see it if Making eye contact with the actors makes you uncomfortable, you want something lighthearted

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if A great ensemble, atmosphere, choreography, staging, the loft added to the setting of the show and was almost a character. And a free drink.

Don't see it if Band was a mess. Sound was not mixed well, over loaded mics, the piano was louder than the singing. The leads were't as good as the ensemble

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if YOU like Lippa and intimate spaces.

Don't see it if You like light musicals.

80
Ambitious, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if Interesting and fresh concept, talented cast, well worth the money!

Don't see it if Sound was spotty, while I loved the concept the sight lines are rough (due to the way the stage and seating is set up)