Amidst the scramble of virtual performance events that intrigue, sustain and compete for your attention, Inside the Box emerges as a hybrid of theatre, gaming, entertainment, trivia, and puzzle-solving.
The experience begins when the host Emir (also serving as the house manager) begins to check participants in, assuring technical capabilities and pre-show preparation packets have been printed and completed. He sets the tone: cheerful, engaging, sprinkled with lighthearted humor. This welcome achieves not only the logistical optimization of the experience about to transpire but also the unassuming disarmament of the audience. After breaking the ice in this way, the show moves on to the main course— the magician and crossword constructor, David Kwong.
Geffen Playhouse shortens geographical issues
Once David Kwong enters the screen, he further eases us. He seems to make sure to connect with every household in his audience at least once. He asks us where folks are beaming in from. We get a glimpose of each other’s faces. It feels intimate—despite our distances we are all connected.
Connectivity is the overarching theme for Geffen Playhouse and David Kwong
Be prepared to learn about a few giants in the world of puzzles. David Kwong speaks of them with great admiration and pays homage by presenting his audience with challenges formulated by his role models: from spoonerisms to anagrams, some inspired by crosswords, others by the Rubik’s cube, and most impressively, in this reviewer’s opinion, some puzzles overlapping and building on each other. He reels us in and reminds that even during this pandemic (and as Kwong points out, calling it a global pandemic is merely redundant as pandemic implies its worldly quality) there is fun, laughter and joy to be shared.
Families can share in the fun
This production blurs the lines between performance and interactive gaming. Folks who enjoy trivia and puzzles but are missing out on their favorite bar or local game hangs can experience the excitement of being in a crowd intellectual scratching together. And with ticket prices covering the entire household, families can share in an activity without breaking the bank. Under the bleak panorama of COVID-19, Geffen Playhouse brings an opportunity for some shared joy, and being Inside the Box, in your own nook of the world, can make the vastness feel nominal.
Thru January 3, 2021
Monday No performance
Tuesday 6:00 p.m. PT
Wednesday 8:00 p.m. PT
Thursday 6:00 p.m. PT
Friday 8:00 p.m. PT
Saturday 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. PT
Sunday 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. PT
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About the Author:
Tonika Todorova and her son Jaxon DuFloth:
Tonika Todorova is a freelance writer and director that goes by the self imposed title of Adventure Architect. She experiences a lot of performance with her eight year old son, Jaxon, by her side, and his reflections on Chicago theatre offer a refreshingly new perspective for her, and hopefully, others. Jaxon practices autonomous learning and is proud to be an Albany Park Chicago Children's Choir singer. Tonkia and Jaxon also enjoy reviewing children's books together. You can learn more about them and their experience writing for Picture This Post by watching this Picture This Post YouTube video.