American Theatre: “The Walls Come Tumbling Down”

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“We now live, it seems, in Thespian Nation,” Washington Post theatre critic Peter Marksrecently opined. “It’s nothing short of amazing, how primed folks are (and not just the young ’uns) to shed their anonymity.” Judging from my experience at Speakeasy Dollhouse—and from a recent spate of audience-immersive productions that are garnering attention at a wide range of U.S. theatres and related venues—Marks is correct. The genre, which has experienced an eruption in popularity in recent seasons, is variously known as immersive, interactive or site-specific, though the lines blur between these monikers depending on the show in question. —American Theatre
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