I know what you’re thinking: “Not another immersive theater piece. Please don’t let the actors engage with me or make me a part of the show!”
I understand. I felt the same way. That is, until I saw Seeing You. Now, I can’t wait to see it again. This new, full throttled theatrical experience transports audiences to Hoboken during World War II. Randy Weiner is the creator and director behind the work. His previous works of hypnocraft include The Donkey Show and Sleep No More. All of them offer loosely based narratives, but are heavier on imagery and fun.
In Seeing You, guests are ushered through the relatively cavernous and transformable Highline building where the bear witness to intimate family portraits, soldier shenanigans, and a town hall meeting led by an unscrupulous congressman.
Though it starts quietly, Seeing You quickly shifts into full gear with boot camp, blood drives, and pulsating music. Choreographer Ryan Heffington adds an extra jolt of adrenaline with his athletic and physical choreography that is both exciting and sensual. Has anyone coined the term, “sexy-ography?” If not, I am—and I’m applying this show.
Weiner’s spectacle is not all fun and games, however. Overt themes of repressed sexuality, sexism, and xenophobia linger in the smoky air. Yet the balance of heavier topics and R&R are managed.
Seeing You is slated to close this weekend after a limited run. Inside sources tell me that producers are seeking another venue for the show. When it does, I’ll eagerly return—and I encourage you to join me. Before this theatrical experience, I never thought I’d utter the phrase, “I can’t wait to get back to New Jersey!” Outside the context of this show, it will likely be the last.
For more information on Seeing You, click here: http://seeingyou.nyc/