Houseworld OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Brian Harkin
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 18, 2015
    Closing:
    November 21, 2015

    Theater: San Damiano Mission, 85 North 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

    Synopsis: 

    Houseworld is a new surrealist immersive theater performance. One by one, our guests enter a transformed historic rectory and step into a dreamworld. Guests are free to find their own path, from the dark recesses of the basement to the illumination of the attic. Each room contains a different emotion. Each character represents a different facet of the human psyche. The surreal inhabitants of the house deliver a heightened sense of intimacy, which is often experienced one on one. Through exploring Houseworld, the audience is guided into the deepest parts of themselves.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Houseworld

    Visiting ‘Houseworld,’ and the Perils and Pleasures of Immersive Theater

    Ben Brantley

    October 27, 2015: The night was still young when I put on a white tulle dress and pledged my marriage vows to the pregnant young woman in black sequins. I had been instructed by this elfin guy with multicolored skin and butterfly eyelashes to enumerate to my bride the reasons I love the person I love in real life, which — to my horror — I sort of did. That was just before my new wife pretended to die, after which I lip-synced to Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” Does that sound like a situation in which you might ever want to find yourself? If so, then make haste to book a ticket for “Houseworld,” the latest example of those environmental theater pieces that have become the rage since the “Macbeth”-themed “Sleep No More” opened four years ago in a custom-designed hotel in Chelsea. But when they offer you a shot of whiskey in the entryway of San Damiano Mission in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, you might do well to take it. Inhibition-melting fortification is advisable for anyone choosing to participate in this interactive, mazelike tour of a four-story church house built in 1911. On the other hand, don’t overfortify. Then you might fall into impregnable sleep on one of the many occasions when you are asked to lie down and find your innermost serenity.

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