WHAT IS IT?

Live In Theater – a Drama Desk nominated Unique Theatrical Experience 2011 - 2012 – is a theater company that creates one of a kind immersive and interactive murder mystery experiences. Our work is highly interactive and based on real history. Your job: Solve the case. Here we place you in the center of the action as you Live In Theater!
Over 27,000 attendees and counting
Live IN Theater - Come live your history!

"The very best company party event (and I've done at least 40 of these type events) I have ever done. Beats a barbecue, bowling night, scavenger hunts, or the traditional band, dinner and dancing thing. Go to their website, and see more. Then go and enjoy. Everyone had a good time in our group of 35 or so folk. Five stars all the way!" (Robert - Satori Consulting)

"Our company treated us to this amazing experience where we got to unwind and experience these first class actors and company. From start to finish we had fun and got to be part of It live on the streets of new York." (Paul - Breitling)

"Our staff had an incredible time. Thank you so much. Your actors were amazing and believable and made the whole experience wonderful." (Lauren - Uncommon Charter High School)

"By far the coolest thing our company has ever done. Weeks later we are still talking about it and those who didnt attend and really upset about it. Can't wait to do it again!" (Ralson P - EX Corporate Event)

"What a great experience – fantastic performance!" (Meinrad - The Boston Consulting Group)

"I brought my group of campers, ages 11-14, to participate in The Ryan Case. Everything about the murder mystery experience was excellent. From the booking process to the event itself, everything went exactly according to plan. When we arrived on the day of the event, we were immediately greeted by two actors already in character and the group hit the ground running. By the time the mystery was coming to a close even the campers who were skeptical about the murder mystery were yelling out theories and murder scenarios. The plot was intricate, the characters well thought out and the actors were excellent! We will be back!" (Josh - YMCA)

"This is just a quick note to express my gratitude for the wonderful experience at my daughter's Bat Mitzvah, party. Everyone had a fabulous time! Many girls were overheard saying that it was the most fun they had ever had a Bat Mitzvah party and at least one person said it was the most fun they ever had period." (Miriam - Bat Mitzvah)

"Truly amazing! Honestly, one of the coolest things we did in NYC. We did the home stay one of the Lombardi show. I was most impressed by the quality of acting. We actually thought some of the characters were real!!!" (Dan- Private home event)

"Twice now we have done shows with Live In Theater with our high school mentoring program. We've done the Ryan case and Lombardi case. Carlo and crew are awesome; the production is great and truly interactive. They adapted to our teenage population and really engaged our kids. We all had a great time and the actors were really great. I highly recommend any of the Live In productions, so much fun!!" (Heather-Young Professionals Mentoring Program)

"I found Live In Theater online, partly based on their amazing Yelp reviews, and asked Carlo to help me set up a customized version of the Lombardi case for my girlfriend's birthday party. We had 15 skeptical 30-something New Yorkers take part and we could not have had a better time. The case is far from obvious, the acting is superb, and the surprises came over and over." (Rishi - Private home event)

"We celebrated my daughters 14th birthday by going to Live In Theater, the Lombardi case. We ad such a great time. It was absolutely awesome!" (Cindy- Private Party)

Spectacular theater! I predict a Tony in the future of everyone involved in this 100% perfect show. It was so great that I felt sorry for everyone in New York who wasn't there to see, and participate, in this murder mystery. It's absolutely a must-see. (Connie von Hundertmark)

I think of Live IN Theater as a Murder Mystery on steroids! This group knows how to push the envelope as far as it can go (short of a real murder!). It's exciting and edgy and the actors must have brass ones to act all this out in period costume in a public forum! But it's also so much fun to what passersby try to figure out "What in tarnation is going on here!" Only in New York! (Walter M.)

Heard about this at the fantastic Tenement Museum and decided to get tickets for The Ryan Case. Me and my two friends, all historians, had such a great time. I was surprised at how quickly we totally got into the story, the actors are amazing. I really felt like a detective. (Samantha R.)

Really cool concept. We saw the 2pm show of the Ryan case. The actors are great! (Allison H.)

Went for "The Ryan Case 1873" last night and had a blast. This was based on an actual unsolved case dealing with the murder of Nicholas and Mary Ryan in December of 1873. The actors were top notch and totally convincing....A really fun evening. (Rich M.)

Loved the Ryan Case very intriguing mystery! (Carissa)

This interactive show is AWESOME FUN! It is an experience not just a show. I went to The Ryan Case 1873. You first meet in a room and hear about the facts of the case and get instructions. You break up into groups… with leaders and hats with badges...HOW FUN! You get a map to follow. AWESOME. (Sally W.)

I caught a couple of Live IN Theater productions and I must say they are innovative and the acting I saw was better than what I saw on Broadway recently. To stage these period spectacles with period costumes and zany characters in public can happen only in New York! The actors I saw are well coached and they all "go for it!" The plot lines are clever and the process really builds a comraderie among us detectives out to solve the crime! This is unlike any conventional Murder Mystery you've ever seen safe behind some hotel ballroom or closed off restaurant. Loved what I saw so far and will definitely catch some more of their shows. (Wally Moon)

If you want to do something interesting and just plain fun, you must go see The Ryan case...is a total interaction with the characters and it keeps you going as you get to revisit the area where perhaps the case took place...something from the past comes back to live as you walk around the neighborhood and this great production absolutely has brought just that! Mistery, suspense,history and action keeps the audience alive as this case unravels from the past into the present...All actors are totally amazing!! their accents, the actual character they play...just makes you look back in this mystery of what really happened, at the end you have lots of clues to put together and reveal the truth as all the groups get together...I highly enjoyed it very much and is something to do with friends or just for fun..don't miss it..a Must see!!Enjoy the fun! (Mundo Traveler)

I had an excellent time at the Live IN theater. Not knowing what to expect, I went with a group of 10. It's an interactive mystery game where we are part of the action as detectives figuring out the killer and his motives and you are really left guessing. It feels like you're in CSI. The actors are awesome and never/rarely break character. If you like theater, mystery, crimes, games, and/or good times, I highly suggest this activity. You get more than a show, you get an experience. I can't wait to do it again. (Adriana)

The very best company party event (and I've done at least 40 of these type events) I have ever done. Beats a barbecue, bowling night, scavenger hunts, or the traditional band, dinner and dancing thing. Go to their website, and see more. Then go and enjoy. Everyone had a good time in our group of 35 or so folk. Five stars all the way! (Robert G.)

My fiancé and I recently participated in the Lombardi Case. The actors did a fantastic job, especially the woman portraying a prostitute. The event is timed fairly and if you're into it, you can interact with all of the actors to try to solve the crime. (Lucia P.)

I did "The Lombardi Case", and I can't wait to do "The Ryan Case". Very well designed; very well executed. It's an immersive experience in which the public is integral part of the play, walking down the streets in lower Manhattan and interacting with the characters, trying to figure out the murder of a crime. Just awesome. (Breno)

I experienced the Lombardi case this afternoon with my boyfriend and a group of other adventurous New Yorkers. The bottom line: I had a great time with the entire experience. It was engaging, funny, smart and the acting was awesome. This was a great way to spend the afternoon on a date, with family from out of town or a group of friends. (Krissy D.)

I can't say enough good things about my experience! Two friends went with me to The Lombardi Case. It was hands down the best activity we participated in while visiting NY. I have been telling everyone about this interactive theater. I am looking forward to Bootlegger's Run, but unfortunately doesn't appear it will be up and running for my upcoming trip to NY. I highly recommend checking out one of their shows. (T.B.)

New Yorker or tourist alike, you will have a great time experiencing Live IN Theater. My daughter and I did "The Lombardi Case." It was so much fun. You show up to the "precinct" and the actors are already in character. They're playing 70s music with police sirens and street noise being pumped in the room and the fun begins. The actors were great and it was an entertaining two hours that went by pretty quickly. The basic idea is you and the rest of the "audience" are rookie cops and you literally go out on the streets to solve a murder mystery. The suspects and witnesses are out in the neighborhood and it's your job to find them, talk to them, and then go back to the precinct to help "make an arrest." I look forward to going back with the rest of my family to try another one of their storylines. (Steven W.)

I just experienced the "1975 Lombardi Case" and it was AWESOME!! My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time and we met some cool people. This is a family friendly/date friendly Theater. (Maggie G.)

We had a great time solving the Lombardi murder mystery. The crew was amazing, talented and very entertaining. It was a rainy Sunday in the city, but we walked the streets, questioning the suspects, trying to solve the murder. It was a great interactive NY experience. I highly recommend this activity as a family or with friends. Loved it. (Andrea T.)

Did the Lombardi Case. What a BLAST. The actors are all so funny and great at improv. It is like Law and Order SVU (because sex and drugs are involved) and you question witnesses in the middle of Nolita. You have a team and follow a map...perfect. I can't wait to try out the "Ryan Case." (Olivia W.)

My first experience with a live theater evening. This was by far a lot of fun. I went to the Lombardi Case and it definitely is super engaging and the actors are great in their roles. Also they love to mess around and engage people in smart and witty dialogue. Definitely try to go, it is worth every dime. (Will C.)

Totally enjoyed the experience, lots of fun! We were separated into groups and our team was really great and enthusiastic about the whole thing and that made it even more fun. The actors were fabulous and stayed in character the whole time which I know must have been difficult being that the action takes place out in public with on lookers staring and in two cases the onlookers actually joined in. If you love to people watch then this would be good for you because half the fun is seeing the reactions of all the people walking by and stopping to watch you being yelled at by a drugged out transvestite or an angry cop. (Debra R.)

Awesome interactive murder mystery that takes you around the LES to interact w/ actors playing suspects, and other related parties to the victim. had such a blast. the actors were amazing and the experience was artfully crafted. (Lou Reeks)

Yearn to experience New York in the 1970's? Then check out this show (The Times of London)

D’Amore’s commitment to a certain threshold of grit and his actors’ courageous willingness to engage with their surrounding’s is wonderfully surreal. (New York Magazine (2011))

A particularly fine example… of outdoor theater. (The New York Times)

Voted Top Ten events: the Ryan Case 1873-It’s like CSI: New York in the 1870's. (Time Out NY)

Wonderful work by creator Carlo D’Amore and his talented cast. (Gay City News)

The cast is excellent...peals of laughter...a fun evening! (NYTheater.com)

Brilliant! (New York Magazine Approval Matrix (2012, 2013))

The Lower East Side is seedy again in Live-in Theater's unique, interactive crime show The Lombardi Case 1975. The dramatic ending caught me quite by surprise. Inventive and fun! (NYTheater.com)

This is very different kind of theater, unique and wonderful. It is a trip through New York’s "Lower East Side" and a trip back through the years to a time in the 1970s when New York, in the middle of a crime wave and drug epidemic, seemed like the Wild West. (Historic News Network)

A fascinating glimpse of life in New York in 1873! (New York Theater Review Blog)

…Well-crafted experience, full of intensity and subtle humor… (Theatermania.com)

Like being in a game of Clue come to life and set in the immigrant Lower East Side of the 1870s. (NewYorkTheatre.com)

For anyone who likes crime stories, CSI, police stories... No matter how easy it seems on TV - you suddently realize how difficult it is when you have to do it yourself. The actors are fantastic and it is a lot of fun! (Anonymous)

If you arrive early, you can grab a drink at the bar. Then, you get shuffled into the back room where you get divided up into investigative groups and filled in from the Chief and his side-kick about the murder victim and persons of interest. Given a map, pencil, and notepad, you get about an hour to go urban orienteering and interview suspects. The characters are all brilliantly colorful and totally play their parts out in the open, heckling and harassing you and passersby alike true to form. There were a few who subtly blended into the neighborhood that it was a true surprise to find that they were, in fact, playing a character. You come back and get another 15-20 minutes to consult with your group and crack the case before the big finale. (Anonymous)

Be warned, they use foul language and have some less than reputable characterizations if you or your family are not into that stuff. (Anonymous)

What a hoot! My apologies to the neighborhood for asking innocent locals where they were the night of the fire. (Anonymous)

It was a lot of fun. Great group activity (Anonymous)

Very Fun! You become the rooky cop, get into a group follow your map and collect clues from the actors from the street. Had a great time. This is such an awesome thing to do with a bunch of friends on a gorgeous day in the city. It's like playing a live Clue game...really recommend it!!! (Anonymous)

We had a lot of fun! The acting was really good! We found ourselves walking the streets of the lower east side interrogating suspects to a crime. We were posing as rookie police officers trying to solve a murder. (Anonymous)

Excellent show, the cast was great, this show is good for the whole family, i love it! (Anonymous)

I loved it!!!! The actors were incredible. It was a very fun afternoon. (Anonymous)

I attended the event on 7/1/12. It was Fantastic ! The actors were great! I dressed in the 1970's and fit right in ! The actors were so convincing That -- I'm in law enforcement and I didn't guess who did it :) Wonderful show ! Can't wait for their next production! I'll be there ! (Anonymous)

Awesome actors, thrilling story, and you get to be part of the theatrical experience -- no wonder we had a blast! We surprised our 15-year-old son who took acting this year and likes to solve puzzles, and we all want to be back to see their other show. The temperature was in the 90s, but we didn't even care. The actors play roles like a prostitute or a transvestite right out on the streets of New York in the broad daylight -- this show is so funny, it is a must see/do if you like interactive theater! (Anonymous)

It was fun, very creative, and the acting was excellent. There were four different groups and at the end, it turned out that each group made three different accusations based on four different motives. That made it even more interesting. We are going to try to do the other production that this group created, which is based on a case from the 1800s. Two thumbs up! (Anonymous)

Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon - murder, corruption, junkies, trannies.....what is there not to love? Actors are fantastic and first interactive mystery that you can solve with the clues offered. Highly recommend. (Anonymous)

Awesome interactive murder mystery that takes you around the LES to interact w/ actors playing suspects, and other related parties to the victim. had such a blast. the actors were amazing and the experience was artfully crafted. (Anonymous)

Drama & Intrigue, Loved it! Being part of it is all the fun. (Anonymous)

I've lived in NYC for 6 years, and this was one of the best things I've done. It's so much fun - and challenging to boot! Definitely recommended. (Anonymous)

The event was really well run, and the actors were great. The day we went was perfect, even the weather was great. (Anonymous)

This was my second time attending the show, I also saw it last season. I saw it again to take my parents who were interested. I was surprised at how much I still enjoyed the show and questioning the witnesses, even though I technically already knew who the murderer was from last season. I still got caught up in it! There were some extra witnesses this time around too. It was very fun interacting with our group and the witnesses. The first group to guess the murderer and motive was right on the money and delivered their guess in a hilarious way! All around enjoyable, and now I'm interested in attending their other play. (Anonymous)

This was more fun than we expected, walking the streets of the lower east side, looking for the actors, mixed in with the reality of NYC and trying to figure out who was who, it was a blast. (Anonymous)

Fantastic experience. The actors were tremendous, and stayed in character despite some wacky questioning tactics from participants. Highly recommended. (Doug)

You just never know what you’re going to get and I think that’s what makes this experience so unique. The cast is vital to this production and they really step up and do some fantastic work. (NewYorkTheaterNow.com)

We had our own group of 6 women who all dressed up, (which in itself was a lot of fun, finding the 70s accessories. Although the platform shoes did bother me.) The actors were all so great; it was interesting, fun, & well done. Will do it again for sure! (Anonymous)

You just never know what you’re going to get and I think that’s what makes this experience so unique. The cast is vital to this production and they really step up and do some fantastic work. (NewYorkTheaterNow.com)

a living, breathing manifestation of the underworld on Manhattan's West Side in the late '80s... deadly relevant on top of being excellent theater (Theatermania.com)

From the beginning to the end this event keeps you intense and puzzled. We were placed in groups and our group was really into the whole mystery/crime scene. Once outside on the street, we asked questions to the witnesses and discussed every hint they gave us. We hangout together and worked as if we were real cops and if we knew each other for a long time... (Anonymous)

For anyone who likes crime stories, CSI, police stories... No matter how easy it seems on TV - you suddently realize how difficult it is when you have to do it yourself. The actors are fantastic and it is a lot of fun! (Anonymous)

The event was really well run, and the actors were great. The day we went was perfect, even the weather was great. (Anonymous)

This is anything but passive theatergoing! Engaging, fun, and effective! (NEXT Magazine)

Spectacular theater! I predict a Tony in the future of everyone involved in this 100% perfect show. It was so great that I felt sorry for everyone in New York who wasn't there to see, and participate, in this murder mystery. It's absolutely a must-see (Anonymous)

Very Fun! You become the rooky cop, get into a group follow your map and collect clues from the actors from the street. Had a great time. (Anonymous)

I loved it!!!! The actors were incredible. It was a very fun. (Anonymous)

A total departure from any other experience. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting a group of wonderful individuals on our team, some visitors from London made the event so enjoyable. It was fun to experience the NY vibe through our team's eyes. It really makes you think...forget about watching the crime scene shows, this puts you in the thick of things. Fun day if you can bring a group and enjoy. (Anonymous)

I wasn't quite sure what to expect here, and it was terrific! What fun to go around the neighborhood canvassing for witnesses and suspects. I highly recommend this, but go on a nice day as you'll be outside for about an hour, walking around the neighborhood! Don't be afraid to talk to people, ask the players (or who you think are players) and discuss everything with your team as you go along. Think outside the box and take EVERYTHING into consideration when making your final determination! (Anonymous)

Wow, my girlfriend loved this. The actors were top notch and really got into their characters. One of the most unique events I've been to in NYC. Definitely a winner. (Anonymous)

Drama & Intrigue, Loved it! Being part of it is all the fun. (Anonymous)

It was so much fun to be PART of the play and to walk around the city constantly wondering who was actually in the show or not. (Anonymous)

Awesome actors, thrilling story, and you get to be part of the theatrical experience -- no wonder we had a blast! We surprised our 15-year-old son who took acting this year and likes to solve puzzles, and we all want to be back to see their other show. The temperature was in the 90s, but we didn't even care. The actors play roles like a prostitute or a transvestite right out on the streets of New York in the broad daylight -- this show is so funny, it is a must see/do if you like interactive theater! (Anonymous)

Don't pass this one by!!!. . On a scale of 1-5 I would rate this a 10 !!!! DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!!! DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT BUYING TICKETS, JUST DO IT!!!! (Anonymous)

I don't normally go to these type of shows but it was a lot of fun. The actors were fantastic. They were so into their roles it was infectious. I highly recommend it. (Anonymous)

It was fun, very creative, and the acting was excellent. (Anonymous)

SO MUCH FUN! It was a unique, engaging experience with very talented actors that really got us thinking, talking, and laughing. Even my skeptical husband had an awesome time and I overheard him recommending it to his friends. (Anonymous)

The experience was absolutely amazingg!! The characters are awesome!! They are so confusing you want to believe all of them...Its a great experience especially for those social butterflies, because you are grouped with people you dont know and its great because you get to meet new people and work as a team to figure out the mystery. WE figured out the mystery at the last second!! We were so excited because we figured it out!! you will have a great time! (Anonymous)

This is such an awesome thing to do with a bunch of friends on a gorgeous day in the city. It's like playing a live Clue game...really recommend it!!! (Anonymous)

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