Category Archives: Immersive Theater

Penumbra = When Shadows Fall = The Republic 2.0

Over the last week, I have gotten multiple messages asking me the same question: What was your reaction when you found out that Penumbra (with official show name When Shadows Fall) was actually The Republic 2.0? I’d like to apologize in advance for not having a camera on at the time the light bulb went

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Sleep No More Adds Surprises for Repeat Visitors

I’ve often said that if New York City was my home, Sleep No More would be my theme park of choice. For those unfamiliar, immersive theater is a fairly new form of themed entertainment where there are no barriers between audience, performer, and set. You’re in their space and vice versa. After doing nearly a

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The Vault of Souls will be an Evening of Elegant Fear

If you’ve ever been to a traditional haunted house, either as a stand-alone attraction or within a theme park, you know the drill. Wait outside in metal gates usually meant for cattle and after a half-hour or even several hours, you and your herd head inside the house. Moo. Regardless of theme, the formula is

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The Goonies Being Reimagined as Immersive Theater

I can not even begin to tell you how excited I am. According to a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies, the 1985 cult classic “The Goonies” is being reimagined as an immersive theater show in New York City. Richard Donner, director of “The Goonies” explained in a recent interview that he is involved in recreating

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The Republic Game in Orlando Fails on Nearly Every Level

I write this piece with a heavy heart, as it’s not easy to do this. Long time readers of Theme Park University know that I have covered immersive theater many times over the past few years. It is easily the most exciting form of themed entertainment that has emerged since the advent of the theme

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The Republic Brings Immersive Theater And Gaming To Orlando May 2015

Out of any type of themed entertainment I have experienced over the last few years, immersive theater is the most exciting and unique by a long shot. Instead of the actors being on stage and the audience enjoying the show from the comfort of a plush seat, the entire space becomes a set. You’re in

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Slava’s Snow Show Is a Waste of Time

People who have been following Theme Park University for a while know that I am a fan of immersive theater. I am a fan of anything that pushes the art forward of breaking down the fourth wall. On the other hand, this also means that I have seen many shows that have been successful at

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JOYA Opens As Cirque Du Soleil’s First Immersive Dinner Show

. Before you start thinking that JOYA is another typical Cirque du Soleil show you can see in other cities, like Las Vegas, think again. JOYA has many firsts including being set in a remote location in the Mexican jungle. During construction of the JOYA site, trees, rare plants and animals were all displaced. To better

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The Untitled John Mayer Project Debuts This Weekend in California

Those of you who are fans of Theme Park University know I am a huge fan of immersive theater. A huge trend in entertainment is slowly breaking down the barrier between audience and performers and blurs that line between their space and yours. For example, take The Untitled John Mayer Project opening Friday, September 12

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Play/Date Combines Immersive Theater And Social Media

No matter how many times I write about it, immersive theater continues to fascinate me. From Sleep No More and Then She Fell in New York to The Speakeasy in San Francisco, audiences seem to love this new theater trend where you aren’t restricted to seats and the action happens all around you. Play/Date is

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