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The Witnessing

the unmarked door · Ages 18+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by DREW PETRIELLO

May 31, 2018
IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot certify this reviewer attended a performances of this show because no ticket was purchased through this website or the producer has not verified they attended.

What I liked

- The paranoia
- The dynamic between the paranormal investigators
- At first, I wondered why this show needed to be “immersive,” but I found that having the whole space being considered “fair game” was great for that good good paranoia fuel
- Informational about the nature of paranormal phenomena
- Allowing the audience to examine the haunted objects was a nice touch
- The teeth
- Trying not to spoil, but there’s a technical bit of stuff they do with the projector that is delicious
- I just love discussions about spooky stuff and skepticism. It really pushed the right buttons for me in that regard

What I didn't like

- I’m going to try really, really hard not to spoil here: there is a bit very close to the end of the show where one of the detectives probes the audience for answers to a question and everyone seemed uncomfortable about answering him – including me and I usually love playing along to this sort of stuff – so it fell flat and was just… awkward. It also felt like a “gotcha” moment
- For all of the surprises the show has to offer, the conflict between the two detectives was fairly predictable. I consider this a minor quibble overall since I was kept guessing for most of the show and I otherwise really liked the chemistry of the two detectives

My overall impression

I should preface that I was lucky enough to attend the test performance on the 29th.

If you want to feel paranoid, this show will do that. I was looking over my shoulder for a good thirty minutes after it ended, so for a horror piece I consider that a success. Horror and theatre are often difficult to mix (in my opinion), but these guys made it work.

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