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The Wild Party (Illumination Act)

From 29 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Raunchy, Absorbing

About the show

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. More…

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. 

Already closed | Loft 172 (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (29)


Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Raunchy, Absorbing
Avg Score

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

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

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.

Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Resonant, Exquisite

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

Ambitious, Entertaining, Overly long, Interesting

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

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

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

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

Absorbing, Quirky, Ambitious

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

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

Ambitious, Great singing, Great writing, Raunchy

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

Great staging, Great singing, Fun

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.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Indulgent, Fun, Disappointing

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

Exquisite, Raunchy, Quirky, Slow, Disappointing

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

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.

Absorbing, Immersive, Captivating, Delightful

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.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

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.

Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if Enjoy cabaret, Love theater and Young Sexy Actors running around in next to nothing!

Don't see it if You don't like Immersive Theater and Complimentary drinks at a show. Or if you believe hunting elephants is ok.

Also NYC is transforming quickly and making a living wage is definitely har... Read more Read less

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.

Raunchy, Intense, Great acting, 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.

Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy, Raunchy, Entertaining

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

Ambitious, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing, Disappointing

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

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Intense, Refreshing

See it if you like that show happens around you, great acting

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

Entertaining, Great staging, Edgy, Great singing, 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

Disappointing, Slow, Great staging, Overrated, Quirky

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.

In the round, Drinking friendly

See it if You like drinking during shows. You like large dance numbers. You like trying new things.

Don't see it if You want perfection. You are bothered by partial views.

Also For a show set in the Jazz age the show lacked a strong sense of diver... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Absorbing, Intense, Quirky

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

“The Wild Party (Illumination Act)” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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