Nothing really prepared me for The Speakeasy Dollhouse, an immersive performance conceived by Cynthia Von Buhler. Everyone who attends the event is part of the show – whether as an observant by-stander, or with lines to say and roles to play … guests are encouraged to dress in the high fashion of the time (1928-1935) and it certainly adds to the atmosphere and authenticity of the production.
The premise of the production is described on the website:
"My grandparents, the Spanos, came to this country from Italy during the Roaring Twenties. They opened two speakeasies in the Bronx: one masquerading as a bakery, and the other one a secret nightclub. Shortly after Prohibition ended, my grandfather was shot and killed on the street in Manhattan.
Nobody still living in my family knew why my grandfather was shot. Nothing was known about the killer, his motive, or a trial. My grandmother took these secrets to her grave. And so, over the past two years, I have been researching this complicated mystery." - Cynthia von Buhler
The show is a lot of fun and is held regularly in a fabulous speakeasy on the Lower East Side in Manhattan – for more information and tickets, please see http://www.speakeasydollhouse.com/play.html