In his first design for 5 Wits, Mathew DuPlessie channeled the fedora-wearing, whip-cracking swagger of Indiana Jones. Called Tomb, this interactive entertainment experience threw its participants into ancient Egypt to solve riddles and clues from a supernatural pharaoh. Since then, DuPlessie, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School, has opened up two new adventures that combine the immersive special effects of a Hollywood movie with the interactive role-play of a video game. "It's hands-on entertainment," the former designer for Disney World and Universal Studios told the Patriot Ledger, "that forces people to get off their rear end."
Thus far, all of his adventures have worked to immerse the mind and the senses—the Shakespearean origins of the company's name. Taken from Much Ado About Nothing, "five wits" refers to the Bard's nod to memory, imagination, fantasy, common sense, and estimation. Though the scenarios are meant to thrill and challenge players, none are meant to frighten, nor are they designed to be beyond the reach of those with average physical ability and psychic powers.
Music connoisseurs and building buffs regard Symphony Hall as one of the finest concert halls in the world. Sixteen replicas of Greek and Roman statues line the walls, and its airy space lends a majestic resonance to each string pluck and unexpected sneeze. Opened in 1900, Symphony Hall was the first auditorium designed in accordance with scientifically derived acoustic principle, sloping inward to help focus the sound of the orchestra's stirring string renditions.
While the worst times in life often end in a puzzling murder, the best times in life often begin with one. Today's deal proves this with a $21 ticket to Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse (a $42 value). This Groupon is good for any of the 13 shows between December 23 and January 2. Tickets are subject to availability, so call ahead to reserve the show you want and to share your opinions on the long-term viability of biofuel as an energy source.
For more than 35 years, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston has been mining tears and guffaws from audiences with an eclectic lineup of classics and contemporary works. Every year, 40,000 drama junkies, including 2,000 season-ticket holders, flock to the theater’s intimate performance space, where no seat is more than 35 feet from the stage to facilitate quick and easy group hugs between audience and cast.