On television, criminal investigators are slick and relentless, which explains why most kids want to grow up to be cops, actors, or a pair of sunglasses. Shine like a snooping star with this GrouponLive deal: for $25, you get one ticket to an interactive murder-mystery of New York with Live In Theater (up to a $51.22 value, including all fees). Choose between the following shows, which take place rain or shine:
- The Ryan Case 1873, embarking from Fontana’s Saturdays at 2 p.m. Choose from the following dates:
- May 5
- May 12
- May 19
- May 26
- The Lombardi Case 1975, embarking from The Living Room Sundays at 2 p.m. Choose from the following dates:
- May 6
- May 13
- May 20
- May 27
- June 3<p>
On the busy modern streets of New York, a historical murder has just occurred. In what Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times calls “a particularly fine example” of an audience-participation murder mystery, creative director Carlo D’Amore and crew don the period costumes of suspects, victims, cops, and witnesses while weaving an enigma pulled from the police blotters of yore. The members of the walking audience must stay hot on the crew’s heels as they move from their starting point bar through city parks and other sites, and back to the bar. A brother and sister are discovered brutally murdered in their apartment in The Ryan Case 1873, a dramatization of an unsolved crime in what was once the Irish slum Five Points (now Chinatown). The surrounding streets harbor such persons of interest as the unfortunate duo’s landlord, the landlord’s wife, and a few ladies of negotiable affections, all of whom may or may not be trusted.
Taking place more than a century later, The Lombardi Case 1975 evinces the immortality of evil with a nefarious tale cobbled together from a number of actual cases and seasoned with a pinch of fiction. A senator’s daughter is discovered slain in a den of addicts and miscreants. Pimps, prostitutes, junkies, and drug dealers lurk along the tour’s path, dropping subtle clues to those sharp enough to recognize them, but the greatest danger may, in fact, be waiting in the corrupt upper ranks of the police department. Guests must try to solve the case before the commissioner fires their chief and forces them to peel the gum from their shoes.
Live In Theater Productions
Murder mysteries should be anything but silly. That’s the view espoused by Live In Theater Productions, the brainchild of prolific actor and playwright Carlo D'Amore. Eschewing the goofy tone of some other shows, Live In Theater plunges participants into cases that take their immersive details from unsolved, historical murders in New York. Showgoers make their way along the city streets where the real crimes once took place, interrogating actors playing roles ranging from 19th-century Irish slumlords to strung-out 1970s junkies. Each event plays out differently as the amateur sleuths weigh evidence, pursue leads, and finally find some use for their pocket-sized polygraphs, creating a one-of-a-kind adventure that earned a 2012 Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience.