From the Wall Street Journal:
Now Mr. Teller is at it again, this time with a solidly crafted, sensationally entertaining Off-Broadway shockfest called “Play Dead” that he directed and co-wrote. While I’m no producer, I’ll be surprised if “Play Dead” doesn’t settle in for a long, profitable run at the Players Theatre. Yes, you’ll scream—I did, repeatedly—but “Play Dead” has a hard core of emotional seriousness that makes it more than just an exercise in audience manipulation (and I use that last word advisedly).
From the New York Post:
Reluctant volunteers are pulled onstage to participate in anything from a séance to a kind of psychic vivisection. At times, the proceedings take on an even darker edge, as when Robbins relates a professed tragic story about a friend or channels the “spirits” of audience members’ deceased loved ones.
From Broadway Doctor.com:
Warning: there are many moments in complete darkness with this play (even the emergency lights go out) where spirits will haunt and fright you. This is not a play for children, seniors, or the faint of heart… But it is one hell of a ride!
And meanwhile, it appears that things are just as rosy on the financial side according to NewYork.CityBizList:
NEW YORK — Play Dead Theater Company LP, a partnership of Schuster Entertainment, has raised $950,000 of its $1 million goal, according to an SEC filing.
Posted by Editor on November 10th, 2010
NPR’s All Things Considered takes a look behind the scenes with Todd Robbin’s Play Dead, including an interview with the creative mastermind Teller.
Screams, philosophy and melodic Robert Siegel narration await!
Posted by Editor on October 6th, 2010
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