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Oblivious: A Videogame Theatre Experience

cabaret & variety · active captivation games · Ages 10+ · family friendly · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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ERIK BLAIR June 05, 2016
I should point out at the beginning of this review that I absolutely adore the type of entertainment known as an "Escape Room". This is the form of entertainment where an audience of 6-10 people enter a space and are given a set of time to attempt to solve puzzled to get OUT of the space before that time is over. So I'm very familiar with scenarios that include the idea of solving puzzles/problems before time runs out or "bad" outcomes will befall you. That is the general premise of this partly interactive, partly theatrical experience. Essentially, welcome to a dystopian future here we are all required to be consumers and have all (apparently) attempted to rebel by failing to buy enough. So we are in danger of being removed from the s... full review
SAM MURPHY June 10, 2016
tagged as: immersive · unique
I'm just left feeling like it didn't live up to its full potential. I would love to see the show go back into workshopping and I would absolutely see it again. Check it out if you some free time, but I wouldn't call it a must see. ... full review
RACHEL FLANAGAN discover hollywood magazine June 12, 2016
Oblivious takes the concept of video games and mixes it with interactive theater to create a fun experience with audience participation. The concept behind Oblivious is set in a fictional United Nation-States of Surveillance where citizens are under constant surveillance. As three participants, chosen from the audience to become new citizens of the fictional nation, take their places on stage, a voice emerges begging the participants to become revolutionaries and fight the robotic dictator. The participants must solve the puzzles and fight their way to victory. If any of the participants lose their part of the game, they are deactivated and new members of the audience take their place and continue the fight for freedom. When you arrive, yo... full review
AYESHA ZAHID June 13, 2016
Being at Oblivious was like watching a movie, being part of a game show, and observing a few baby hyenas released into the wild after being raised and tamed by a wildlife rescue organization. Entertaining? Yes! Laughter? Yes! Audience participation? Potential for more, but I like what they managed to work in anyway! "Immersive experience" describes it pretty well, and I'd recommend checking this out if you have time---and especially if you're with a group of friends (the larger the group, the more likely it is that one of you will end up being one of the experimental--and largely metaphorical--hyenas).... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 14, 2016
Worth a watch!... full review
JORDAN POPE certified reviewer June 14, 2016
This is a great example of art and improvisation, as each show must be its own thing with the various people you end up with on stage who all behave differently. It definitely pulls off the 'show' aspect by acting as a hybrid of various forms of entertainment. It falls short on complete immersion in a few awkward spots, but when you look at the experience as a whole and understand the various levels of production that went into it, you can't help but feel impressed at what the creators pulled off. I look forward to seeing what else these artists create in the future. They are all still early in their careers, which is so promising to realize when you watch this show. It's clear they will only continue to progress from this point on,... full review
ANNA MAVROMATI certified reviewer June 16, 2016
tagged as: innovative · fun · games
This is such a cool concept! It's original and interactive. I'd love to see more experimenting like this in the theater world--it brings in different audiences and expands on what theater can be. We had a blast at the show.... full review
ERIC CHANEY certified reviewer June 17, 2016
As the show is interactive, listen carefully at the entrance before taking your seat. If you are lucky, you’ll be selected to participate and have the most fun with the production. Action, puzzles and more in the dark, which is the best setting. You also get to wear masks and pretend like you’re not up to no good. ... full review
DAL WALTON June 19, 2016
tagged as: inventive · Bold · risky
Bold and inventive, exciting and participatory; these are just a few words to describe the massive creative leap of faith these artists have taken with this show.... full review
AMY FRANCIS SCHOTT June 23, 2016
tagged as: cool · exciting · Dystopian · participation · Game
OBLIVIOUS was a surprisingly cool delight on a hot summer day - I hope the creators find a way to expand this into something longer - i can imagine this having a good run somewhere. The video component is very high quality, and both the premise/story and the look are creatively done. (and, as someone who does NOT like to participate, i love that you check off a box on the 'immigration' form before you enter indicating your willingness to be selected.)... full review

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