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Then She Fell

Members say: Absorbing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Clever, Original
90
Critics
93
14 reviews
Members
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113 reviews
 

An immersive theater experience that involves a hospital ward, the writings of Lewis Carroll, and just 15 audience members per show out in Brooklyn. Ages 21 and over only.... Read more

'Then She Fell' is a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which a small audience explores a dreamscape where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into a lushly designed world. Inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll, it offers an Alice-like experience for the audience. Audience members can explore the rooms, often by themselves, in order to discover hidden scenes, encounter performers one-on-one, unearth clues that illuminate a shrouded history, use skeleton keys to gain access to guarded secrets, and imbibe elixirs custom designed by one of NYC’s foremost mixologists.

 
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Reviews (127)

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93
Avg Score

95
The New York Times

"For much of the hazy two hours I spent wandering through rooms there, I felt like a bewildered but enchanted child, made privy to the arcana of another, darker world...What you will experience is the feeling that children sometimes have of being swept up into busy, self-important social rituals that make no sense. And of spying on adult activities that don’t make much sense either and are equally creepy and thrilling." Full Review

100
New York Post

"You’ll discover what it feels like to disappear down a rabbit hole at the fiendishly clever immersive theater piece inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll. The performers inhabit their roles with an almost uncomfortable intensity, giving you the sense that you’ve only just happened to wander into their spooky playground." Full Review

85
New York Theater

"Over the course of the two-hour running time of this elusive, dark and delightful show, each individual theatergoer feels put in charge of unlocking the mysteries not just of what’s in front of us, but also of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson – pen name, Lewis Carroll…For all the atmosphere of mystery, the show offers light bulb moments of great satisfaction. " Full Review

90
Time Out New York

"The experiences that director-designer-mastermind Zach Morris and his company offer are stunningly personal, like when you peep in on the Red Queen having a private breakdown, she catches you watching through the two-way mirror. And then, just as you’ve become curiouser and curiouser, it all ends too soon." Full Review

85
WNBC

"Visitors to 'Then She Fell,' a theater-less theater event, wear any number of hats during the two-hour tour, chief among them 'voyeur.' It’s here you walk (and climb, and eat) through a three-story manifestation of the melancholy fascination Lewis Carroll had with Alice Liddell, his muse for 'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.'" Full Review

100
Gothamist

"Anyone whose younger self ever fantasized about tumbling down the rabbithole into Lewis Carroll's Wonderland will want to hop the L to Williamsburg, where an enthralling theatrical spell is being woven. Like the Wonderland discovered by Alice, the world created by Third Rail Projects is as unsettling as it is enchanting." Full Review

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Economist

"Then She Fell is one of the city's growing number of site-specific, immersive theatre experiences. It provides all the elusiveness and illusiveness you'd expect from the world of smoking caterpillars and rogue playing cards, but in a surprisingly cohesive package. It does what the best retellings set out to do: it offers a new framework through which to contemplate a familiar story." Full Review

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Applause! Applause!

"Came across more like a dreamlike experience than something comprehensible...Certainly an experience worth having, but...not inexpensive. I think the alcohol and fruit offerings could be upsized. I also would have liked to have had more physical contact and interaction...That way, the staff could make the 'patients' feel less like observers and more like someone actively participating in the fantasy...One of those once in a lifetime experiences you will not want to miss!" Full Review

100
The New York Times

"A lush, if fragmented story arrives by way of exacting, exuberant choreography. A labyrinthine journey through shadowy corridors and meticulously decorated rooms, it exposes the sinister undertones of these childhood tales, while grappling with the more adult complexities of Carroll’s attraction to his prepubescent muse, Alice Liddell." Full Review

100
Backstage

"Locked in the building’s seemingly endless rooms, floors, corners, and crevices is an evening that is as total and topsy-turvy as it is satisfying and magical. The lusciously and meticulously designed world, full of strange knickknacks and worn furniture, teases every nerve at the imagination’s disposal." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"Not infrequently you will find yourself in a room alone, exploring nooks and crannies, gazing into mirrors and windows, and finding your own thoughts and feelings creep into the mix. The next moment, you’re dealing one on one with a character from this disorienting world on the cusp of reality and dreams. It’s startlingly personal without ever feeling invasive...This is Alice in the land of Freud." Full Review

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Stage and Cinema

"With only fifteen audience members per performance, the immersive theatrical experience Then She Fell sends its participants spiraling down the rabbit hole and stepping through the looking glass to a magical world that plays on the borders between fantasy and reality, madness and sanity, youth and adulthood." Full Review

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Forbes

"Then She Fell is all about intimacy. Capped at just 15 audience members per show, Then She Fell ensures that attendees moving through the space are either completely alone, or with cast members through much of the two-hour show. If you can, take my word for it: The current ticket price of $95 may seem steep, but the two-hour show is absolutely extraordinary." Full Review

100
New Yorker

"Third Rail Projects recently moved its wildly imaginative multimedia theatre-dance piece from a single-level hospital to a creaky three-story school building, now dressed to be a mental ward in Wonderland. Lucky theatregoers get to join the tea party, where chocolate is served and spoons fly." Full Review

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89
Avg Score

100
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like immersion theater

Don't see it if You like to sit and watch and not interact with the actors and move from room to room

95
Absorbing, Edgy, Enchanting, Exquisite, Must see

See it if you love Sleep No More, but want an immersive show where you're guaranteed one-on-ones (you'll get many) and easily navigable rooms and plot

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable sharing a bed with a stranger. There's not much negative things to say, this is truly an exquisite night of theater

92
Absorbing, Enchanting, Intense

See it if you enjoy intimate and immersive theatre and heavy participation, are interested in new forms of theatre, enjoy shots of alcohol beverages

Don't see it if you don't like direct interaction with actors. If you're shy you might feel awkward and out of your comfort zone.

75
Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you love immersive theatre, Lewis Carroll, and/or Alice.

Don't see it if immersive theatre freaks you out.

90
Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if you like the unexpected and to draw your own meaning from what you experience. An interactive, often lone, voyeuristic journey.

Don't see it if you like to know what to expect and control what you see.

91
Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great staging

See it if you're willing to go down the rabbit hole with committed actors (as committed patients/characters) in a clever, intimate, interactive play.

Don't see it if you're unwilling/unable to shed your insecurities & inhibitions to enjoy the immersive experience. (There's really nothing to worry about.)

98
Immersive theater loosely based on lewis carrol's alice in wonderland &through the looking glass

See it if Insane asylum where you get to meet & have creepy interactions with red queen, white queen, white rabbit, hatter, 2 Alice's & Lewis Carroll

Don't see it if Key diff from other immersive: 1)You are directed from room to room- no free will like SNM = less FOMO 2)More intimate-only 15 "patients"

95
Original, Absorbing, Enchanting, Must see, Innovative

See it if you are open to experimental and immersive theatre design

Don't see it if you are expecting a linear plot or if you need to be in control of your own path.

99
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to be amazed and delighted. Alice in Wonderland inside out and upside down staged in group and individual scenes so it is personal.

Don't see it if you lack imagination or the willingness to suspend disbelief.

89
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like Alice in Wonderland, interactive theater, mysteries, adventure, trying something new!

Don't see it if you don't like being close to interesting strangers, drinking unidentified drinks ("Drink Me") or having tea with Mad Hatters.

90
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky

See it if you like immersive theater, Lewis Carroll, Alice in wonderland, or need a hipster date night idea

Don't see it if you don't like standing/walking on your feet for a few hours, dislike immersive theater, or dislike Brooklyn

99
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Must see, Profound

See it if You like something that makes you feel as if in a dream

Don't see it if You can't walk or stand for 2 hours, or can't stay focused on what's happening all around you

80
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Confusing

See it if You love going on an adventure and Alice in Wonderland

Don't see it if You need clarity in plot and don't like interactive theater

90
Ambitious, Dizzying, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like immersive theater or Alice in Wonderland.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy being alone in a room with an actor.

95
Original, Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Must see

See it if you're adventurous to crawl down the rabbit hole where mysteries and whimsy are abound.

Don't see it if Brooklyn scares you.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Intense, Quirky

See it if you would like to have a story unfold in an intimate way with very few other audience members and many one-on-one interactions with actors.

Don't see it if you are not up for an adventure, or mind being separated from the people you came with.

90
Original, Absorbing, Profound

See it if You're an open minded person interested in seeing things through a new lens.

Don't see it if If you aren't the above.

89
Ambitious, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you like Alice in Wonderland, can walk around, don't mind interacting with the show.

Don't see it if you are easily embarrassed.

90
Original, Absorbing, Enchanting, Intelligent, Interactive

See it if ..You like intimate, interactive experiences that transport to a different place/time - OR if you liked Alice in Wonderland

Don't see it if it makes you uneasy to interact 1:1 with actors in a small room

80
Original, Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful

See it if you want to have a completely original theater experience that puts you at the center and is masterfully directed at every turn.

Don't see it if you need high production values (this is very DIY compared to other immersive shows in NYC)

65
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you just adore immersive theater and can't get enough of it

Don't see it if traipsing around following people who are trying to create a weird experience creeps you out.

96
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Profound

See it if You love immersive theater and want a really intimate theater experience.

Don't see it if You don't like immersive theater and are uncomfortable with getting one on one with the actors.

83
Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if you enjoy experimental theater and are willing to trust the actors to guide you through a memorable, truly immersive experience

Don't see it if feel uncomfortable with prolonged eye contact with the performers, and if you expect a linear story line with traditional dialogue and plot

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you enjoy immersive theatre, or like Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and want to know more about both the author and the real-life Alice

Don't see it if the hugely expensive and expansive Sleep No More-style production type of immersive theatre is the only thing that holds your interest.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You're in the mood for an intimate immersive piece that relies on dance to move you forward and little is explained.

Don't see it if Immersive theater isn't your thing.