New York City theater-goers searching for a frightfully good spook-fest need look no further than “Play Dead.”
The Off-Broadway production, co-written by Teller and Todd Robbins, is based in the heart of Greenwich Village at the Players Theatre. Though it’s far from a typical “play,” the production is nonetheless theatrical as it combines an array of strange feats and illusions, eerie stories and more into one delightfully spine-tingling experience.
In “Play Dead,” Robbins acts as the audience’s guide to life, death and the other side with a masterful balance of the silly, serious and downright sinister. He delves into the world of violent murderers and vulturous mediums by way of some frightfully real stories (and a whole lot of blood). But even when the lights go out and things start to go bump in the night, Robbins remains perfectly in control — which is not as comforting as one may think.
On the night reviewed, Players was packed with a captivated (and, at times, captive) audience. A matinee performance is offered, but if you can stomach it, the evening showtimes definitely add to the spooky atmosphere and are strongly recommended. But night or day, “Play Dead” is great to catch on a date or with a group of friends.
It should be noted that the show carries several advisories, which should be taken seriously. The content of “Play Dead” is intended for mature audiences. Though your safety is ensured throughout, portions of the show do take place in complete darkness. Anyone who is claustrophobic, nyctophobic or prone to panic attacks is asked to speak with management before being seated.
Regular ticket prices range from $49.50 to $69.50, but TicketNews readers can save up to 39 percent when they use “Play Dead” discount code DEADNEWS.
The Players Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street in New York, NY. “Play Dead” runs approximately 85 minutes without intermission. Shows are staged Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 7 and 10 p.m.; and Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m.
“Play Dead” was reviewed in participation with TicketNews’ Discount Theatre Program, which provides unique discount codes for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and other theatrical productions. For more information on the program or enrolling a production, visit our Discount Theatre Program page or e-mail Liz Hoffman.