Wednesday, October 10, 2018

REVIEW: Creep LA: Awake

If you're looking for a haunt (or is it immersive theatre?) that really lives up to its name, Creep LA is your jam. Year after year, they're the classiest, weirdest, most intelligent game in town. If other haunts are "Top That" from Teen Witch (and don't get me wrong, I LOVE "Top That"), Creep LA  is that scene in 2015's The Witch where the bird is pecking that lady's tit while she laughs dementedly. Both are great in their own way, of course, but one makes you laugh with your friends while the other leaves you shuddering alone.

Are you ready to shudder? Alone?

Photo by Hatbox Photography

For 2018, Creep continues to invite its guests to interesting, vaguely desolate urban spaces where they will be menaced, disturbed, and titillated, often all at once. The theme this year is "Awake" (eyes open!), which plays on questions of insomnia, memory, childhood fears, the subconscious, and the barrier between awake and asleep, life and death, sanity and insanity.

It's always hard to describe this show because I don't want to give anything away. Because I want you to go, and surrender to it, and be surprised.

Photo by Hatbox Photography

First, know that you'll be separated from your group. This isn't a typical maze where you can shuffle through shielding your eyes (eyes open!) and holding hands. No, my friends, this is a journey. But you can look forward to discussing what you saw and experienced afterwards, because no two people will see the same show.

(Eyes open. Watch out for Mr. Fingers. Don't tell Daddy.)

Second, know that you're going to be very much a part of the action, not a passive voyeur. Go where the characters lead you. Help them when they ask for help. Hide when they tell you to hide.

Photo by Hatbox Photography

And for God's sake, when they tell you to run, run. (Eyes open.)

Whatever you do, don't fall asleep. Stay awake. Stay creepy.

And don't sleep on this show. You have until November 4th.

(Eyes open. EYES OPEN. Eyes open.)

Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary pass to review this event.

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