Uncle Vanya: Valiantly Accepting Next Year’s Agony entices audiences with a finely developed sense of refined discontent

Driving the tree-lined lanes that twist through Ladue’s neighborhoods on my way to Rebel and Misfits Productions second immersive theatre project, Uncle Vanya: Valiantly Accepting Next Year’s Agony, I felt a sense of transformation. The county residence serving as the family estate is less than 30-minutes away from downtown, but feels removed, particularly in late summer when the trees and landscapes are in full bloom. Walking through the contemplative rock garden to the backyard patio, guests are greeted by a family staff member, affectionately called Nanny though there are no children currently in residence. Continue reading

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St. Louis Already Had its First Taste of Immersive Theatre

What is immersive theatre? Jonathan Mandell of HowlRound writes, “Immersive theatre creates a physical environment that differs from a traditional theatre where audiences sit in seats and watch a show unfurl on a proscenium stage with a curtain.” The Space, a performing arts and community center in East London, contends that immersive theatre requires the audience to play a role. Whether immersive theatre requires an audience to move with the action is a matter of contention. Two productions I’ve attended in the past year did not require the audience to move. I contend they were immersive pieces. More on those later. Continue reading