Interactive Theater

A Sexy, Killer Mystery in Brooklyn

The interactive theater experience, “Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning,” will transport you back in time.

Photo by Candace Camuglia

Days before you see the show, you will receive an email with a password. That password, plus your imagination, gives you entrée into a sexy, colorful re-creation of bootleg-era New York. Once inside the multi-room Williamsburg space cum speakeasy, you’ll mingle with mobsters, showgirls, moles, and more as you gather clues about the murder of bootlegger Frank Spano, the real-life grandfather of show creator Cynthia von Buhler who was shot in 1935.

Culture guru Ross Tipograph raves about this performer-laden, immersive show which he caught during its original five-year run in Manhattan. Now the murder mystery has moved to Brooklyn and it’s your chance to go back in time, mix with performers in amazing costumes (period dress is encouraged for audience members, too), and just maybe solve a crime. No rooms are off limits, no drawers and cabinets deemed private, as you investigate the killing and try to figure out whodunit. Perhaps it was you? Tipograph suggests splurging on a Murder, Incorporated ticket ($200) that buys you a role as a murderer in the production.

Why You Should Go: To fully experience a different time period…one of secrecy, crime, intrigue—and dapper fashion. This is a sensual, engaging experience perfect for friends or, better yet, a date night.

Photo by Candace Camuglia

Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning
173 Broadway (between Bedford and Driggs Avenue), Williamsburg
Friday, May 19
8 p.m.

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