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Stars in the Night

From 7 critic and 12 member reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky

About the show

LA’s popular immersive theater adventure makes its NYC debut. The production takes intimate groups of twelve audience members on a journey to witness the fallout when a woman suddenly goes missing. More…

In this original story performed by nine actors, the ripples of the woman's disappearance illuminate mystifying connections between seeming strangers. "Stars in the Night" is staged throughout four locations – from the iconic 19th century warehouse newly-refurbished as Empire Stores, into secret and unexpected environments and intimate living spaces. The production is presented in special partnership with famed Brooklyn distillery Van Brunt Stillhouse, integrating full-sensory experience into this theatrical adventure.

Please be advised: this show will have you on the move. The audience experience involves standing, walking, and climbing stairs, so comfortable shoes are highly recommended. There is no wheelchair accessibility. This production is strictly for audiences 18 years and over.

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The Wrap

"The show seems to blur the lines between traditional theater acting that projects out to the audience and the more subtle demands of cinematic performance where the camera can pick up even the subtlest flickers of emotion as they glance across the face...The earlier scenes are diverting enough, to be sure, as you puzzle out how these characters might connect to each other — but on their own, none come close to delivering the impact of those final scenes." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"The characters are thinly drawn and the narrative would be nothing special if not for the backdrop. Also, the timelines don't fit together...Some actors are more convincing than others...If you think of 'Stars in the Night' more as a tour of Dumbo than a brilliant piece of theater, you won't be disappointed. It could make for a good date night or group activity with people who like immersive experiences and have disposable income." Full Review


"The overarching plot seems simple, yet...the story takes some time to reveal itself and unravel...Some connections are indicated rather subtly. Easily overlooked objects might be as telling as the dialogue, which often favors emotional projection over specifics. While torment tends to come through very clearly, the reasons...can be opaque, and elaborations can be burdened by cliches...The best moments...offer the audience the voyeuristic opportunity to...see into lives that aren't their own.” Full Review

New York Theater

"Although billed as 'an intimate immersive production,' what 'Stars in the Night' actually offers, at its best, is the exact opposite — a spectacular public setting...Unfortunately, most of the show’s characters, portrayed by eight members of the Los Angeles-based company Firelight Collective, are not much more developed during the show than those passersby. The story they act out is vague, arty, clichéd, and confusing." Full Review


“Feury and Keyes seem to have set out to create a cast of characters whose connection is slowly revealed by the end...They also seem to have bitten off more that they could chew in this endeavor, with only the latter third of the play feeling fully developed. Their lackadaisical direction hasn't helped matters, with most of the performers appearing overwhelmed by the task of leading the audience down DUMBO's cobbled streets while delivering their head-scratching lines." Full Review


for a previous production "Not only an achingly sublime meditation on how we let our regrets define us, but also a bold statement of the kind of stunning work the Firelight Collective is capable of...There is nowhere for an actor to hide as even a whiff of artificiality...Happily, the entire cast rises to this challenge and thrives in their respective roles...A melancholy work of art that inspires you to reflect on your own life and possibly inform the way you live it. I can think of no higher praise." Full Review

No Proscenium

for a previous production "It felt as if we were being given pieces of a puzzle that would be resolved by the end of the night...The second half of 'Stars in the Night,' all on its own, is an engrossing piece of site-responsive theatre...What we don’t get is any narrative resolution to the tales of the characters we first met. With the second act being so strong, it somewhat begs the question of what the initial processional is doing there in the first place...It really can’t be overstated how good that second act is." Full Review

Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if Great spiked apple cider, small cocktail & cheese plate. Explore DUMBO w/fun vignettes. Last scenes w/adultery & zany real estate agent fun!

Don't see it if You're not in the mood to interact with characters, you don't want to take a "swig" of whiskey. But why not? Enjoy yourself!!

Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you’re up for a local nighttime activity w/ actors, a cool apartment in a picturesque area, stiff drinks; if ticket price isn't prohibitive.

Don't see it if you can’t remember characters’ names; expect an amazing script or exotic, imaginary setting. Performances are low key, conversational.

Also Maybe more “site specific” than completely immersive since it’s not li... Read more Read less

Confusing, Enchanting, Indulgent, Slow, Refreshing

See it if i love immersive theatre. it was awesome to see dumbo in a new way. there were moments i really liked. it was unique and mostly fun

Don't see it if overall i didn't take anything away from this story. it was very confusing. some moments were laughable for the wrong reasons.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You love immersive theater and nothing else is playing

Don't see it if You are expecting a linear plot or even an ending.

Also Has some really nice moments but makes little sense.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if You're ok not understanding the characters you're watching or who they are. The final "scenes" are what I wish the whole show was like.

Don't see it if You're expecting anything on par with Then She Fell, Sleep No More etc. The characters are ill-developed and the sound of the train is LOUD.

Confusing, Great acting, Quirky, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to explore Dumbo and get a little bit of history of the area. or if you like being asked questions by actors and participating.

Don't see it if you don't like being asked questions, don't like walking, or are expecting a clear plot with some sort of resolution.

Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You're a fan of unique theatrical experiences and you can get a very cheap ticket.

Don't see it if You're expecting an immersive show similar to Punchdrunk or Third Rail's stuff. Or if the weather's bad that night.

Also This is billed as intimate and immersive. I'll give it the former. Our... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Confusing, Poor staging, Uninteresting

See it if A painful immersive which is barely that. Staging around super loud trains. Horrible scenes that make no sense. Couldn’t wait to leave.

Don't see it if I love immersive and am always rooting for it. The is a flawed concept and more tragic execution. Do not see it.

Immersive, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you have never seen an immersive show before, and have low expectations.

Don't see it if you have ever been to an immersive performance. Not worth the money.

Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal, The worst!

See it if Don’t waste your time or money! Nothing to even discuss or talk about. A waste of an evening!!! What was this interactive show about?

Don't see it if You think you are in for a memorable experience. You are NOT! What a disappointment. I have been to interactive shows.This was the worst!

Cliched, Indulgent, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if honestly probably not worth seeing - the best part was going to a nicely decorated/interesting apartment in Dumbo

Don't see it if I was expecting more from an immersive theater experience, and this one had a very cliched plot and kind of a limited story and acting.

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Disappointing

See it if you want to explore an immersive-lite dark family drama piece, exploring some great DUMBO locations, there's a lot to think about afterward

Don't see it if you dislike non-traditional work or want a story that is fully fleshed out and easy to follow. Must be able to walk around.

Also Glad to have more immersive work here in NYC, but this felt like only ... Read more Read less

Cast & Creatives (11)