Drama Desk Nomination
Unique Theatrical Experience
2011-2012

What is it?

We create totally unique theatrical experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Our shows are highly interactive murder mysteries based on real historical murders. Your job: Solve the case. Working in small teams you will travel through the mean streets of New York City while encountering and interrogating suspicious characters along your route.

Each show is completely diverse from the others with fascinating plot lines and each set in a specific time periods, so it has the additional fun of giving you a time traveling component. The work of Live IN Theater is like living in your very own episode of Law & Order only better, because here you are the star.

Over 25,000 attendees and counting

Live IN Theater - Come live your history!
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A politico's daughter is murdered in a drug-infested squat in Manhattan's Lower East Side. The newspapers go wild over the sensational crime. You become a rookie cop in this interactive murder mystery and canvas the neighborhood to get to the bottom of the story before the commissioner replaces the chief and shuts down the precinct. Watch each other's backs as you encounter the neighborhood's junkies, hookers, pimps, corrupt cops and mobsters.

This is an R rated theatrical experience. The content in the Lombardi Case 1975 is a very realistic look at the underworld on NYC in the mid 1970’s. We pride ourselves in being authentic to the reality of the characters we are portraying. If you are uncomfortable with some harsh language and racy content please try one of our other shows.
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The year is 1988. Set on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen & a “Drag ball hall” made famous by Madonna’s vogue video and the cult documentary “Paris is Burning” this audience-rousing experience is a blend of drag ball memorial service, murder mystery, and fun all in one. Guests will play mourners coming to celebrate Venus Xtravaganza’s life meeting and interacting with fierce members of her drag family. You will feast on a scrumptious assortment of hearty all-you-can-eat (meat and vegetarian) empanadas, and drink delicious mixologist created alcoholic libations! Then mourners in teams will be sent on a mission to get to the bottom of this horrible tragedy. You will hit the streets of Hells Kitchen and piece together clues, while interrogating suspects as the plot unfolds. It’s up to you to get to the bottom of what happened in this fictionalized revisit to this real life New York City tragedy. Live IN Theater-come live your history!

Our show is a companion piece to the documentary Paris Is Burning, we encourage all to see this film before you come to the show.
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It’s 1895 and you are summoned to the Henry State to help solve a murder. One of New York’s wealthiest patriarchs known as the miser of 5th Avenue is found bludgeoned to death. The “good son” discovers the body while the “bad son” is immediately taken into custody. There is a missing will and the new wife tries to make sense of it all. It is up to you to navigate this affluent world of 19th century New York where the rich live above and the servants below know much more than they’re willing to share. If these walls could talk, they’d scream. Can you hear them?
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In the wee hours of the night, siblings are found dead in their tenement, the air reeking of foul play. Enter and interactive murder mystery where you help crack a crime based on a real unsolved case from the 1870s. Traveling through the streets of the bygone five points, pay attention as you encounter many unsavory characters and discover clues along your beat -- you'll confront the suspects in the hope that justice will finally be served.
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What People are Saying...

"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."

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