Fringe 2019 – They Played Productions’ Internal Speaks from Within

I’ve never given much thought to what the voice inside my head sounds like.  I’d always assumed it sounds just like my speaking voice, but I’ve never really thought about it. That is, until I’m tucking a pair of headphones into my ears on a busy street in Hollywood, California, and a man is asking […]

The Portal Recollection – Saying Goodbye to Speakeasy Society’s Kansas Collection

The following is a full-spoiler walk-through for The Portal, the final installment in The Speakeasy Society’s Kansas Collection series. These chapters are not expected to remount soon, so feel free to read on if you’ve missed this performance, and read our review here.     As I wait eagerly outside a church in Los Angeles […]

Life in Reverse with After Hours Theatre Company’s The Last Five Years

Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years takes a simple premise – a love story – and disarticulates it, putting the protagonists at opposing ends of their own tale. The acclaimed musical has been performed since 2001; it’s a heartbreaking tribute to the breakdown of a modern relationship, detailed through a unique reverse-narrative style.  Though the […]

Fringe 2019 – Exploring Something Deep With “The Pod”

Outer space has always been a somewhat difficult concept for me.  Even the word itself – space – implies a vast, incomprehensible emptiness. This year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival brings us The Pod, the brainchild of creators Nick Rheinwald-Jones (SpyBrunch) and Katelyn Schiller (Lucid Dramatics), and a euphoric love letter to that unknowable plane.   Macora […]

Captivated: You – An Ambitious Finale With Minimal Spark

It’s not easy to write an ending for any story, let alone thirty different ones, but that’s exactly what They Played Productions is attempting to do with Captivated: You, the culmination of a collection of five immersive theatre experiences, bringing their modern Frankenstein story to a dramatic, if imperfect, close.   The Captivated series began […]

Take a Trip Inside a Playful Mind in Bar of Dreams

There’s a tiny world underneath Will’s bed, full of memories, scattered notes and trinkets from his adventures. He’s a recent transplant to Los Angeles, here to open a bar, named the Bar of Dreams, with his best friend Connie, and chasing this real-life dream hasn’t gone as well as he expected. In his notes, I […]

Captivated – An Interview with the Cast and Creators of They Played Productions

Editor’s note: Haunting Staff Writer Erik Blair is co-creator and writer of the Captivated series and They Played Productions.      Before They Played Productions‘ immersive trilogy, Captivated, comes to a close in the sure-to-be epic finale, Captivated Act Three: You, we spoke to the cast and creators about the evolution of the story, character […]

Small Sacrifices: A Recollection of the Kansas Collection, Ch. 9: The Storm

The following is a full-spoiler walkthrough for The Storm, the ninth installment in The Speakeasy Society’s Kansas Collection series. These chapters are not expected to remount soon, so feel free to read on if you’ve missed this performance, and read our review here.      Recruits! It’s time. Jo Files…General…Jo Files is marching down a street in […]

The Winds of War: A Recollection of the Kansas Collection, Ch. 8: The Slippers

The following is a full-spoiler walkthrough for The Slippers, the eighth installment in The Speakeasy Society’s Kansas Collection series. These chapters are not expected to remount soon, so feel free to read on if you’ve missed this performance, and read our review here.     Oscar Diggs looks tired. The case he carries seems to […]

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