I was very fortunate to see the immersive play “Speakeasy Dollhouse” by Cynthia Von Buhler twice in the last two months. My first time was in February for a Monday night performance for which I had won tickets through Facebook. The second time was on a Saturday night in March. I was really excited about seeing the show because it featured a lot of burlesque performers who I had drawn at Dr. Sketchy’s. Even though the show was basically the same both nights it was a totally different experience each time because you could follow around different performers and see different parts of some of the murder mystery from different perspectives. Here is a short description from the Speakeasy Dollhouse website:
“This is an immersive event. Each guest will be assigned a name and role. We encourage you to explore. Unlocked doors (or revolving bookshelves) should be entered. Ignore the advice your parents gave you as children, be nosy and talk to strangers. Time is warped here; it is between 1933 (prohibition-era) – 1935.”
The theatergoers are encouraged to wear clothes from that era and it was sometimes hard to distinguish the actors from the audience. The drinks were served in coffee cups and live jazz was played through out the night. Burlesque stars (and some of my favorite Dr. Sketchy models) Delysia La Chatte, Lillet St. Sunday and Kat Mon Dieu performed during the show. The bar and adjoining rooms are beautifully decorated with large paintings and comfortable couches. There is also a secret room hidden by a trick bookcase where some of the more intimate scenes are played out.
This was truly a unique event, and I am so glad that I was able to experience it. In addition to the Play, Cynthia Von Buhler has written an accompanying book and has created an actual dollhouse depicting the story. This Sunday I will be going to a special Speakyeasy dollhouse Dr. Sketchy session featuring Kat Mon Deui and Katelan Foisy.
Katelan Foisy and Kat Mon Dieu
Kat Mon Dieu