Last week I went to a Speakeasy themed interactive play here in San Francisco. Before going we went vintage shopping in The Haight for clothes. My guy found a great tux tails outfit and collapsible top hat. I didn’t find anything so I just went with stuff I already had – a crochet cloche hat I’d made a few years ago, a glittery dress my sister had recently sent me, sparkly gloves. We made it work.
The play was interesting. It started out with the instructions to go to a specific location and look for a guy holding a certian book, approaching him furtively with a secret question to get directions to the location. We walked a few blocks away to the location and had to give more secret words and a secret knock. Then we were let in.
The play takes part in three different rooms. The first scene happens in the first room you go into so you’re seated (in our case, we were in the bar) and the scene unfolds. Then the scene ends and at that point you can stay in that room or wander into the other rooms (a cabaret and a back room casino). Various scenes play out in all three rooms for the rest of the night.
It was a little disconcerting for me at first because the play doesn’t unfold in linear fashion and there’s no way to really have any idea of where you should be to get the best part of the story. Sometimes it was a little disorganized and there were too many people in one room so you couldn’t really see what was going on. But by the end of it I felt like I’d gotten a really unique experience.
And dressing up was fun.