Interactive mystery theater gives audiences the chance to step into a detective's gumshoes and stranded time travelers a chance to employ their antiquated slang. Crack a couple of cold cases with today's Groupon to shows from Live IN Theater. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get to take part in The Ryan Case 1873, with shows at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. every Saturday (a $40 value).
- For $25, you get to take part in The Lombardi Case 1975, with shows every Friday at 6 p.m. and every Sunday at 3 p.m. (a $40 value).
- For $40, you get to attempt to crack both cases on two separate nights (an $80 value).
These performances are suitable for ages 13 and older.
Live IN Theater specializes in period murder-mystery theater productions, set not on the stage but throughout the city, casting the audience as the detective. Explore the walrus-mustached streets of 1873 or the fu-manchu'd criminal element of 1975 and learn that no crime goes unpunished. The Ryan Case, grounded in real history, investigates a senseless double murder at the now-demolished Five Points tenement in its actual setting. In The Lombardi Case, temporal-tourists take the role of a rookie cop embroiled in a high-profile murder and reckoning with a colorful, corrupt cast of mobsters, hustlers, and bureaucrats. As audiences contend with a slew of red herrings, subtle MacGuffins, and all manner of sword-canes, the rest of the cast spins in-character clues and misdirection.
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.