Though now commonplace, acting was condemned in colonial times as "public lying," with offenders being yanked off the streets with novelty-sized shepherd's crooks. Embrace vaudevilliany with today's Groupon: for $25, you get one ticket to the Shanghai San Francisco walking adventure tour (a $50 value). This mobile mirth-maker is an interactive walking production poured into in a choose-your-own-adventure format; the show-tour hybrids run every half hour from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Starting at the base of Coit Tower, the approximately three-hour tour takes guests through the city to an unknown destination, visiting local bars and tucked-away restaurants and discovering city secrets along the way. The audience must figure out the route as they go by using maps, without the assistance of a tour guide. A combination of theater and scavenger hunt, the show takes audience members through North Beach, Chinatown, and downtown San Francisco on a route that is entirely downhill, keeping fatigued calves to a minimum and barrel-rolling to a dangerous maximum.
- My friends and I have all lived in the area for quite some time and have a pretty good feel for the area. Nonetheless, the interactive show managed to take us to fun places that we had never been to before. – Jason Hom, Synapse
- The actors you come across in your travels are totally captivating and never break character as they build upon the drama, disclose information and weave their back-story. They are brilliant at improvisation, adding layers of plot twists and story details to keep it interesting and challenging – Lesley Ford, Battered Orange Suitcase